20 Wonderful Examples of Winter Photography

Winter photos can be hauntingly beautiful. Snowy landscapes, frozen water, bare tree branches…  There are countless winter scenes worth photographing.

However, cold weather can also be tough to shoot photos in. Besides getting frozen fingers, you might struggle with poor lighting, bland colors, and dead batteries. These conditions can make you feel like going back inside, but stick with it! Getting excellent winter photos takes practice.

Winter demands more preparation, too.  Unlike summer, when you can stroll outside with just your camera, you’ll need a few more supplies to thrive in winter. To start with, you’ll probably want waterproof clothes, so you won’t get wet if you have to kneel or lay down.

Special gloves are nice to have, too. Some photographers wear two sets of gloves. They have a thin pair for shooting, covered with a thick pair between shots. Other photographers use fingerless ones, like these from Igloos.

Igloos Sentry Mittens – $15 on Amazon
thinsulate gloves

Extra batteries are another must-have. Keep them someplace warm, like inside your coat, so the cold won’t drain them. For more gear tips, check out this post about cold weather gear for photography.

Besides clothing and supplies, you’ll need to learn how to best shoot winter scenery. In particular, snow can be a real challenge. It’s one of the most stunning and most frustrating winter subjects. For some guidance, check out these tips for shooting in the snow.

Finally, when you get home, make sure to let your camera warm up slowly. Put it somewhere cool first, like a windowsill or cellar, before storing it in a warm room.  This slow warmup will help prevent condensation and keep your camera in good shape for longer.

Winter Photography

Once you’ve learned how to work with winter conditions, a new world of photographic possibilities opens up. Even with difficult lighting or weather, winter can be a lot of fun for photographers. For inspiration, check out these awesome shots from our Flickr group. Then, get outside and get your own wonderful shots of winter!

Fred Veenkamp – Winterwonderland II
Fred Veenkamp - Winterwonderland II

Jens Fersterra – snowy beach
Jens Fersterra - snowy beach

Ben Roffelsen – Starry Starry Night
Ben Roffelsen - Starry Starry Night

R Casey – snow days
R Casey - snow days

jordan parks – yesterday
jordan parks - yesterday

Vitor Junqueira – Magic Roads at Winter – Starojická Lhota, Czech Republic
Vitor Junqueira - Magic Roads at Winter - Starojická Lhota, Czech Republic

Елена Пејчинова – Budapest Winter Mist
Елена Пејчинова - Budapest Winter Mist

Al Gieryna – Last Vestiges
Al Gieryna - Last Vestiges

Robert Felton – Cardington Sunrise Sky
Robert Felton - Cardington Sunrise Sky

R Casey – flow of the winter blues
R Casey - flow of the winter blues

Mark Thompson – 13 Frames At Once
Mark Thompson - 13 Frames At Once

Tristan 'Shu' Lebeschu – Light Chasing with Adrien Coirier
Tristan 'Shu' Lebeschu - Light Chasing with Adrien Coirier

Brian Rome – Cold Weather Farming
Brian Rome - Cold Weather Farming

Jaromir Hron – Quartet
Jaromir Hron - Quartet

Sarah Bourque – A furry snowball.
Sarah Bourque - A furry snowball.

Barbara Schultheis – Dead of Winter
Barbara Schultheis - Dead of Winter

Tanja Hansen – Winter in Copenhagen…..
Tanja Hansen - Winter in Copenhagen.....

Aventuphoto
Aventuphoto

Ben Roffelsen – The Red Coat
Ben Roffelsen - The Red Coat

jordan parks – snow
jordan parks - snow