Easily improve your winter photography with these great tips and tricks


posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:30 AM EST


Game of Thrones has been teasing that winter is coming for years, but for many of us, winter is already here and its icy grip doesn't need to freeze your photography. Below we have a couple of videos which focus on winter photography and how to improve your own snowy shots.

The first video comes to us from Nigel Danson, who has seven photo ideas to instantly take your winter photography up a notch. His first tip is all about color. While you may think about winter as being rather colorless or blue, that doesn't mean your photos need to be exclusively drab and cool. When we look at the color wheel, we see that orange is roughly across from blue, which means that they're complementary colors. Search out warmth in your environment, be it red or orange buildings or warm light, and contrast it with cold blue snow and ice. Winter has an awesome bonus of the sun staying lower in the sky for longer hours, which means better late morning or early afternoon light.

Winter is a great time to try out backlit images. With ice and snow frozen onto trees and other plants, you can capture unique details with light filtering through, giving the frozen crystals a glowing appearance. For another distinct kind of image, you can look for interesting natural patterns in snow and ice, particularly with snow drifts. For more great winter photography tips, check out Danson's video below.

The second video comes to us from Adam Karnacz of First Man Photography. Karnacz went to North Yorkshire in England to capture snowy winter landscape images. In the video below, he discusses his process as it relates to winter images and his tips for shooting snow.

If you'd like more tips for shooting snow, be sure to check out Nick Kelsh's article for us, "13 tips for photographing snow."

(Via Nigel Danson and First Man Photography)