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The Ultimate Guide to Winter Photography

Winter is an awesome time of year. It’s cold, it’s pretty and there are lots of opportunities for great photos. Winter photography can be tricky, though: The temperatures are low and so is the light, but if you know how to prepare for it ahead of time and use your equipment properly, then you’ll be ready to take some great photos in no time at all!

Don’t let the cold get to you.

To keep yourself warm, wear layers. It’s not about how many layers you wear—it’s about keeping your hands dry and warm. Gloves should be thick enough to insulate them from the cold air, but not so thick that they make it difficult to operate your camera. A scarf or neck gaiter can cover up a gap in your jacket if necessary. If possible, make sure all of these items are wool or fleece: they will retain heat much better than cotton fabrics and won’t absorb moisture as readily when wet (which leads us to our next point).

If you’re going out with friends and want to take pictures together, either wait until after sunset when temperatures tend to drop significantly more than during daylight hours or bring a hot drink along with you like tea or cocoa so that everyone stays comfortable while taking photo breaks mid-hike!

Think about what you’re wearing.

  • Wear layers.
  • Wear a hat and gloves.
  • Bring a scarf in case it’s windy or cold, especially if you’re taking photos outside at night time, when it’s more likely to get colder than during the day.
  • If walking through snow, wear warm waterproof boots; if standing still to take photos of your outfit against a snowy backdrop, wear tall socks so that your feet don’t get wet.

Stay hydrated.

  • Stay hydrated. In the winter, you can get dehydrated very easily because of cold temperatures and dry air. It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re out in the snow for long periods.
  • Don’t forget to eat! The body burns more calories when it’s outside in colder weather, so make sure you’re eating enough food so that your body has enough energy for those long walks around town or those ski runs up hills!
  • Don’t drink too much coffee or tea—they’ll just cause dehydration (and might give you a stomachache).

Keep your gear safe from the elements.

To keep your gear safe from the elements, you need to protect it. Here’s what you can do:

  • Use a rain cover. If you have one, put it on during downpours.
  • Keep your camera dry by storing it in a dry bag when not in use. While this isn’t exactly an option for everyone (it’s bulky and doesn’t look very professional), if you’re traveling in wet conditions and don’t want to get soaked yourself, putting your camera into a dry bag will help protect it from moisture caused by condensation on its surface or splashes of water hitting it directly.
  • Keep your lens clean with lens wipes or microfiber cloths that are specifically made for cleaning lenses; these wipes won’t leave telltale streaks like those found on cheaper paper towels! To save time on cleaning lenses later, apply some lens cleaner beforehand so that they aren’t as dirty after being used outside. This prevents smudges from being transferred onto photos later on down the line—which makes retouching much easier than having to start over completely!

Be ready to jump on opportunities when they arise and change quickly.

Winter photography can be a tricky beast, but one thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored! You never know what will happen next in the world of photography.

  • Be ready to take photos at any time and don’t let the weather stop you from taking photos.
  • Make sure that if they are going to be shooting in winter conditions, photographers have their camera with them at all times. If they don’t have their camera with them then there’s no point in going out into harsh conditions.

Use a tripod with long exposures and low shutter speeds.

To avoid blurriness in your image, you’ll want to use a tripod. The best way to do this is by finding something stable and solid on which to place your camera: a bench, rock or wall are all good options. If there isn’t anything nearby that will work for you, don’t worry—you can always prop up the tripod on its side against something that’s close enough until you find something better!

You may want to experiment with different shutter speeds when using the tripod. A slower shutter speed (1/30th of a second or slower) will allow more light into your camera since it has more time to register each image pixel in the scene before moving onto the next one. This helps prevent overexposure if there are strong backlights in your shot and reduces noise levels in dark areas if they’re too bright without causing them to turn out blurry due to motion blur during capture.

If possible, try not using an ISO setting higher than 100 during these long exposures so as not over-expose any bright parts of the scene; instead keep it at least between 100-200 unless absolutely necessary (if there aren’t any natural sources available). For example: If your scene contains both snowflakes falling from above along with city lights below their position within frame then raise up that ISO value slightly so as not lose detail from either element being overexposed by excessive exposure time periods where neither feature would normally show up vivid enough on screen with standard daytime settings alone.”

Remember to always use a UV or clear filter to protect your lens, even when these filters aren’t doing anything for the photo optically.

UV filters reduce the amount of UV light that enters your lens. These filters are usually clear and don’t affect image quality, but they can be tinted in other colors. Clear filters are transparent and don’t have any effect on image quality.

Clear or UV filters will help protect your lens from scratches and other damage, particularly if you’re shooting in direct sunlight. Always use a UV filter when shooting in direct sunlight because it will help to minimize glare and reflections on your front element.

When it’s snowing, use white balance settings to preserve that color in your photos.

If you’re photographing in snow and ice, it’s important to use the correct white balance setting for your camera. Otherwise, your photos will look much warmer than they actually are (and possibly downright orange). The best way to do this is by using a preset that matches the conditions:

  • Cloudy – if it’s overcast or raining
  • Shade – if there aren’t any clouds overhead but there is light coming in from somewhere else (like through a window)
  • Tungsten – if you’re shooting indoors with incandescent lights

Know how to get the most out of your gear when faced with low light situations in winter.

In low light situations, remember to use a tripod. If you don’t have one, consider investing in one. They can be quite affordable and will allow for more consistent photos.

You’ll also want to use your widest aperture lens possible. This will help capture as much light as possible, which will allow you to increase your shutter speed so that it’s slower than 1/100th of a second (or even slower).

To take advantage of this slow shutter speed and still get sharp images, increase your ISO setting on your camera as high as it needs to be while still maintaining good image quality (it should be somewhere between 400-800). In addition to increasing the ISO setting on your camera, consider using an external flash or two if there are multiple people in the frame because this helps balance out exposure issues when photographing multiple people in controlled conditions like indoors where lighting doesn’t change very much throughout the day/night cycle during winter months here on Earth: our planet has about 24 hours worth of daylight during December through February!

Shoot in raw format whenever possible, especially when shooting in low light situations or if you want to edit your photo later on.

Raw format is a more advanced form of digital photography, where the camera takes the image you see and stores it in a way that allows you to easily edit it later on.

Raw format gives you more control over your photo than JPEGs do (even if they’re edited). The main advantage of going with raw is that it’s easier to bring out detail in low light situations or when there’s lots of noise or grain in the image. It also gives you more flexibility when editing images because raw files contain so much information about an image—including white balance, exposure compensation, color correction and sharpening settings—that need to be adjusted before saving as a JPEG file.

Take advantage of flat light conditions for portraits because shadows are almost non-existent, making for smooth skin tones and well illuminated faces so long as you expose correctly for them.

The winter light is perfect for portraits, and it’s not hard to see why. The lack of shadows means smooth skin tones and well-lit faces. If you expose correctly, that is! Here are some tips for getting a great shot in the cold weather:

  • Use your camera’s built-in light meter to determine exposure. Just point at the face of your subject and check their skin tone on the LCD display – if it looks dark or grey, use a longer shutter speed; if they look too bright or washed out, use a shorter shutter speed (some cameras have automatic settings that do this).
  • Use a tripod to get a sharp photo with no camera shake blurriness: hold down the shutter button with one hand, then press down on your camera with both hands while holding onto its handle (or strap) tightly – there should be no movement whatsoever! You can also use mirror lockup mode which will release half-pressing so you don’t have to hold down completely until after exposure occurs; this has faster response times than full pressing though so may not work as well depending on which model of DSLR you own – always check before using this option!
  • Use a remote trigger instead of touching anything on camera itself (which introduces vibrations) when shooting close up/macro shots where even small movements could ruin everything by way of causing blurriness due either from shaking hands or breath being exhaled onto lens surface causing dew formation which fogged over image quality immediately after taking picture capture attempt attempt attempts… etcetera ad infinitum.”

Winter photography is all about embracing the cold, using your gear properly and adjusting camera settings accordingly.

When shooting in the winter, you need to keep your gear and yourself warm. To do this, you’ll use a tripod, UV filter, polarizer, ND filter and wide angle lens with manual focus. You’ll also want to adjust your camera’s settings manually.

Free, hi res photos of winter

Here are 10 of our favorite free, hi res photos of winter (冬天, зима):


No matter what kind of photography you do, winter can be a frustrating and difficult time. But if you follow these tips, your winter images will look great!

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