How To Photograph Winter Landscapes

Winter landscape photography tips: Learn how to photograph winter landscapes.

How To Photograph Winter Landscapes
Frozen River, Tongariro National Park

Pick your subject:

While grand snow-covered vistas work well, sometimes smaller more intimate scenes can make the best photographs. Pick an interesting subject, so you don’t just have a field of white snow. Small frozen streams often make great photographs and snow in the forest is always a magical thing to capture.

Get up early:

As soon as the sun gets up in the sky, snow can start to melt really quickly. If there has been snow or a hard frost overnight, head out early before it melts. It pays to be to staying in a hut or camping so that you are within walking distance of the location you want to shoot to get there without a drive in icy conditions.

Exposing the snow:

A snow-covered landscape will often confuse your camera’s light meter, snow will come out grey instead of white in your photographs. You need to increase your exposure by shooting in manual mode, or using the exposure compensation (‘+/-’ button) to make the snow a crisp white.

Watch where you step:

When you are walking about on the snow, trying to find the best angle, be careful that you do not walk through a scene, thus having footprints all over that virgin field of snow. Sometimes a well-placed set of footprints can add to the shot, leading the viewing into the photograph.

Join us to capture some winter landscape on our 4-day Mt Cook Landscape Masterclass workshop or our  Weekend Tongariro Landscape Workshop

About the Author
Richard Young is a full-time landscape and wildlife photographer based in Wellington. He has been guiding groups of photographers in New Zealand since 2010 and founded New Zealand Photography Workshops in 2013.

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