Taking pictures in winter elements of snow, ice, and rain can be challenging, but worth the effort. Whether you are skiing in the mountains or flying across the country, these tips for taking winter photos will help you get better results shooting in snow, white backgrounds and bright light, no matter what kind of camera (or phone) you are using.
Give Your Winter Photos Some Perspective
White snowy mountainscapes are beautiful and breathtaking, whether seen from a valley below, or a plane above.
But photos don’t really do justice to what our eyes see, and when we look at them later, we might not recognize where we took it, or even, remember why.
Do you want your snowy mountain photo to tell a story? Put someone or something in the foreground of the frame.
Give Your Winter Photos Some Context
Adding and image to the foreground is also important to give context. Where are you when you take the picture?
Would you ever imagine this snowy mountain is in Morocco without the foreground?
Give Your Winter Photos Some Texture
When you have white cloudy skies and snow, then be sure to add some texture. In this Instagram shot, the bare trees give depth and dimension – without the trees in the frame to break up the white, the photo would fall flat.
Adjust Your Focus for Better Winter Photos
For best exposure, make sure you focus on the subject and not the snow.
Now this can be tricky, but that means bending the “rules.” Use a flash. Contrary to what you might think, the brighter the light conditions, the more necessary a flash becomes.
Even without flash, Instagram makes it easier to correct poor exposure by offering adjustment tools – try sliding the “shadows” control to bring out your subject’s face.
And speaking of bright and sunny, if the sun is out, don’t be afraid to include it directly in your camera phone shot. It can have a dramatic wintery effect without the need for filters.
Show us your best winter travel shots by adding the hashtag #TMOM when you share them on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll share our favorites!