Tips for snow photography

Updated: May 11, 2019

1. Be prepared: You know you are going to be in the cold for extended periods of time. The first thing you will want to do is look at the weather forecast and check conditions. Prepare both your clothing options and camera equipment suitably before you head out.

2. Lens hoods: So many times I have thrown lens hoods into the bottom of the draw and not had a need for them. During snow fall however, they are a necessary item to keep snow flakes off the front element. A small umbrella can also be incredibly useful when shooting with a tripod. n saying this, they will not guard them all, so best to have a high-quality microfiber cloth on hand too.

3. Overexposure: Camera metering modes expose for mid-grey by default, this is great for most photography, but when we are in the snow there is a lot of snow, and snow is white. If you shoot as your camera suggests, you will find you images become grey and muggy. In the snow we want it to appear its proper white colour. Overexpose your image by a stop or two or be ready to correct it in post-processing.

4. Fingerless gloves: Having frozen hands isnt going to help operate your camera. Gloves which you dont have to fully remove, but can uncover your fingertips are the way to go in the cold conditions. There are a few options for photography winter gloves, but Freehands are a reliable recommendation