The arrival of winter can often instil a feeling of disappointment that our photography opportunities are coming to a close; because of the unforgiving weather. Who’d risk damaged equipment and getting virus-ed up in freezing cold temperatures?!
Well…here are 5 really simple tips that will allow you to get out there and get some great shots. And all the while, your focus will firmly be on your photography. No distractions, no worries, just simple shoots!
Wrap up; make sure you keep yourself warm and dry and not only will you be able to move freely to take your shots; you’ll also be completely at one with your camera (as opposed to wondering when you can next go and get a hot chocolate)!
Take some spare batteries with you; the cold weather really drains the power in batteries (as well as you) so be prepared for an energy shortage. If you want to be super smart, pop the spares in your pocket (to keep them warm) and alternate them with the ones you’re using! (You’ll not be worrying about the possibility of cutting your trip short then…!)
Protect your gear from the elements; some equipment may have some level of protection but it’s much safer to assume it has none. Invest in some waterproofing equipment and feel confident that the tools of your trade are safe and sound. You’ll be able to relax knowing there’s no possibility of damage from the weather thus allowing you time and energy to focus on what’s important.
Take a small towel; you can use it to protect you or your equipment or you can use it to dry you or your equipment. Either way, it’s a really simple bit of kit that’ll take up little room and can be used for a number of things!
Shelter; don’t forget, a wintery image doesn’t need to be taken outside to be great! Through a window, under a tree, inside a cave or from a car can be just as good! And, of course, the more comfortable you are, the more creative and open you’ll be for your photographs.
Winter really doesn’t have to be the end of your photographing; it could well be the best time of year to be out with your camera. Short days, fast sunsets, frosty mornings, clear blue skies and bright white ground can all make for some fascinating pictures.
Come back for November’s blog for some great ideas on photographing subjects, people and places in winter.