Winter tips

posted on 12th of january, 2010

Given the unusual cold and snowy weather all around Europe, I took the chance to go out shooting some Winter scenes to diversify my porfolio. Overall I'm happy with the result, I came back with some nice images and lots of new experience that, as usual, I like to share.

Here's today list to shoot snowy landscapes:

- Broad day light is not so bad! It mixes pretty well with the white candid scenics and is quite iconic. No need to shoot at sunset.

- Keep your palette minimal: whites, blues, greens, that's it. Don't go all christmas tree with it. Keep it simple.

- Copy space. Lots of it. Against blue. Again, keep the composition simple, allow space for text and off you go: you have a potential seller

- The lonely tree. This is one of the most hit compositions in history of photography, but it's still a good one if you can pull off some good light, interesting composition and, again, lots of copy space.

- Expose to the right. A lot. The metering system of the DSLR will try to expose white snow to middle gray. You want to over expose your image to make sure white snow is, indeed, white. Be careful to not burn highlights.

Happy shooting.

Comments (14)

Posted by Fcarucci on January 18, 2010
Thanks everyone for the nice comments.
Posted by Ratmandude on January 15, 2010
Great tips thankx …
I do hope that one day I will be able to test out some of them …
However as I live in sunny South Africa, I suspect that it may be a while to come before I indeed do get that opportunity … unless that is, should I even do manage to get off this continent to try some others.

Nice pics — :)
Posted by Picstudio on January 13, 2010
Great tips. Thanx
Posted by Piscari on January 13, 2010
... and do not touch the tongue to the camera, and do not forget gloves! ;))) Nice photos!
Posted by Frantab01 on January 13, 2010
fantastic photos, beautiful and crisp
Posted by Fultonsphoto on January 12, 2010
Nice images, also no snow where I come from (or very seldom) but will remember tips for my travels.
Posted by Marilyngould on January 12, 2010
Nice work and helpful tips, thanks! Oh, and one thing more, after shooting in the cold and snow feed the photographer with lots of hot cocoa! :)
Posted by Mani33 on January 12, 2010
Awesome work & nice tips. Thanks ;)
Posted by Gheburaseye on January 12, 2010
Hi! Your photo are very beautiful, and you're very lucky! I love see snow out of my window but here where I live (250 meters above sea level) there are no traces about snow - maybe it's too hot :-)
Posted by Justmeyo on January 12, 2010
Very nice photos !Thanks for tips!
Posted by Littledesire on January 12, 2010
Thanks for the tips, Fran! Although it's weird winter here (almost 20 degrees for weeks)
Nice images! Keep going! ;)
Posted by Fcarucci on January 12, 2010
Hi Srudioportosabbia. They are "real", as real as any digital image can be. It's better to say they are "natural" and haven't been boosted in post.
Posted by Studioportosabbia on January 12, 2010
thanks for the tips. Are those blue skies real or did they got "a little help"? My winterpics are still pending so can't show any results yet
Posted by Creativei on January 12, 2010
good tip, but no snow in Dubai, hehehehe. But anyways useful for many, thanks for the share

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