The sight of early morning snow, the shimmering frost in the trees, your stunning snow angel, don’t you wish you could just capture that moment right away and place it on your computer desktop? For an amateur photographer this may sound too hard and challenging.  But thanks to the dawn of digital photography, capturing a winter scene doesn’t have to be exclusive to the professional anymore.

Winter shooting can be tricky as the majority of the landscape is white and the background is bright.  When shooting a snow filled area, the brightness of the snow may often cause your digital camera to underexpose the scene, making the snow look gray.  To fix this, you might have to increase your exposure compensation (see your camera manual) so the whiteness of the snow can be properly captured.

The time of day you take the picture can also have an effect on your image, if you want cooler shots shoot closer to midday but if you want warmer shots, shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Although traditional photography tells us that using flash outdoors is not necessary, if you are shooting a winter scene using a flash can bring out details and highlights that might not be captured without it. However, if you are shooting close up shots avoid using flash as much as possible as the reflection can greatly reduce any detail in your photo.

There is really nothing to lose in trying winter photography.  You might even be surprised with the images that you capture.  Once you have become accustomed to winter photography and get familiar with the different techniques, you’ll find that winter is one of the best times of the year to go out there, take photos and make use of your digital camera.

Happy Shooting!

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