How To Photograph Frozen Landscapes Photography

Learn How To Photograph Frozen Landscapes Photography: Frozen Landscapes Photography tips

Add Some Drama:

One key to great winter landscape photographs is to capture the mood of winter in them, interesting clouds can help add a lot of extra drama to your photograph. Often, days with mixed weather and light breaking through the clouds lead to the best photographs of snow-covered landscapes, not postcard blue sky days. If you have the sun in your photograph, it can be great to try and capture it as a starburst for some extra drama. To get the best starburst effect, select the smallest aperture (f22) and point the camera directly into the low sun. Be careful looking through the viewfinder (work in ‘live view’ if you can) as the sun will be magnified looking through your camera lens.

Include Some People:

Try to include something in your shot to show a sense of scale, otherwise, the grandeur epic snow-covered peaks or vast snow-covered landscapes can easily be lost. This could be a person or any recognizable object such as a tree or a fenceline, this will also add foreground interest to the photograph and give it some more depth.

Watch the Forecast:

While there is often snow on high peaks for most of the winter, it is not every day that you get snow at lower altitudes. Watch the weather forecast and lookout for a southerly front with low temperatures for those perfect shots of snow covered landscapes. Conditions like this can create a high alpine feel at much lower altitudes, reducing then need to get deep into the mountains to capture frozen landscapes.

Capture the Snow:

The weather will also play an import part in how the snow looks in any winter landscape. Snow which is in the shade will often render with a blue cast in your photographs, this cool blue can add a noce cold feeling to a winter photograph. While overcast conditions can work well for photographing in the snow, the sun can add an extra sparkle to the snow in a winter landscape. When shooting snow in strong sun, be sure to increase your exposure by shooting in manual mode, or using the exposure compensation (‘+/-’ button) to make the snow a crisp white.

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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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