7 Tips for Taking Photographs in the Snow

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You’re bundled up under appropriate layers, complete with warm, waterproof boots, fingerless mittens, and disposable hand warmers for added comfort. Spare batteries are tucked under layers, close to your body, to keep them warm in an attempt to prolong their life outside. Spare lens cloths for fogged lenses and an airtight plastic bag for condensation purposes ride in your bag. Now, how does one capture the perfect shot in the snow? Here are a few tips to help you catch the untouched landscape, the serene snowfall in the city, or the epic snow fight your kids have on their highly anticipated day off from school.

Many photographers prefer a sharp, high-performance prime lens on a daily basis but, if you don’t want to be limited to just one focal length, you want to avoid the risk of condensation being trapped inside your camera body when changing your lenses outdoors. A zoom lens will give you a range of focal lengths without compromising your gear. While you’re at it, make sure a UV or clear filter is in place to protect that front element of your lens from moisture. Grab your lens hood before you head outside, to avoid lens flare, as a result of the highly reflective, freshly fallen snow. In addition, a polarizer can help minimize or remove the glare on snow- and ice-covered surfaces in frigid temperatures. A polarizing filter can also be used to darken a bright, cloudless sky, or aid in ramping up the saturation.

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