How To Photograph Snow

How to Photograph Snow

With the first snow, we see a transition in the nature around us. Life seems to take a pause, preparing to hibernate until spring knocks on the door. Photography enthusiasts around the world will be out with their cameras capturing the beautiful snow. Learn how to photograph snow in a language that is easy to understand.

Snow Photography

Aperture:

Finding the right balance is the key to achieving the picture you have in your mind. A wider aperture will help you get a soft background with the snow-flakes slightly out of focus, forming a snow-bokeh.

Choosing to work with a small aperture will produce a sharper image where the darker outlines of the background would be merged with the snow. In this setting, using a slower shutter speed can help you achieve the streak effect in your foreground.

Shutter Speed:

The shutter speed influences the light and the form that snowflakes take in the photo. A slow shutter speed will get you streaks of snowflakes, while a fast shutter speed will help you freeze a the action, giving you a sharper image sprinkled with snowflakes.

Focal Length:

Your focal length will determine the scene you create in an image. Long focal lengths make your image more compact and concise. It gives your picture a layered look and the finer elements of the background become soft. This helps you lead your viewer’s eye through the depths of the photo.

Light:

Sun and snow don’t go well together. The sunlight is reflected powerfully off the snowflakes blotting the highlights of the image. Overcast conditions are perfect to do a snow shoot, but you could take the HDR route to shoot when the sun is shining brightly. You can produce some stunning HDR images in the snow by balancing the highlights & kids with the lows. Carefully frame the image to get the most out of HDR effect.

White Vignette:

This is a nifty trick to make your photo stand out and worth hanging up on a wall. Just as we use a black vignette for lomographic photos, try using a white vignette for your snow photos. This renders a flowing wintery feel to the image.

Don’t hesitate to try various combinations of aperture, shutter speed &focal lengths to get interesting images.

waterfall photography

Waterfall Photography

Everyone loves the waterfalls, and people go on long trips to enjoy this amazing creation of nature. Waterfalls are simply fun and bathing in it is an experience you can’t miss out on. Sitting under a waterfall, drowning in its deafening sound is one of the most tranquil experiences you can ever have in nature. The avid photographer cannot slip by a chance to capture some stunning waterfall images. While clicking waterfalls is simple, remember to be extra careful about your equipment. Follow these tips for some fantastic waterfall images.

Elakala Waterfalls

Judge the waterfall:

A lot of photography is done based on judgement. You have to understand the functions and limitations of your camera along with external factors like the weather, light and supplementary equipment. Waterfall photography is best done on your judgement. Manipulating the shutter speed can help you create ghostly or dramatic images of the water. Your aperture is critical in adding just the right amount of depth in your photos.  While composing your frame, don’t forget to follow the rule of the thirds. Try not to have too many elements in the frame that would rob away the waterfall’s charm.

Tripod:

The tripod is a simple yet crucial tool for waterfall photography. Besides adding to the stability of your image, the tripod lets you shoot long exposure shots with relative ease. You can even add additional protection to your lens and body against water droplets.

Weather

Check the weather forecast before heading out to shoot a waterfall. Slightly clouded skies with no rain would be ideal. If the sun is out, you could be lucky enough to see a rainbow near the waterfall. Sprays of water and the sun in the right position will get you the magical rainbow.

Filters:

There many filters you could play with to get different results. It’s recommended to use a Neutral Density filter for better quality of contrast. You can also try using a Polarising filter to nullify the light that causes overexposed spots near the water. Take two exposures, one for the water and one for the surrounding to get a balanced picture with perfect lighting.

Lastly, we suggest that you learn by trial and error. It’s the best way to learn and get stunning images. Happy shooting!

rainbow photography

Rainbow Photography

Sighting rainbows is always thrilling. This natural phenomenon is simply magical and can completely transform the horizon. Rainbows make everything look like fairyland and surreal. Capturing these wonderful sights should definitely be on every photographer’s list. A rainbow is an optical phenomenon that occurs due to the refraction of light through water vapour. If you are extremely lucky, you can sometimes catch multiple rainbows too! In multiple rainbows, the secondary arc is seen outside the primary rainbow in a fainter inverted arrangement of colours. The natural conditions have a large influence on the characteristic of the rainbow and its appearance. Here are some handy tips on capturing a shot of rainbows:

Rainbow Photographyl

1. Composition:

The composition of your photo is extremely crucial. The colours of the rainbow may not always be bright. Try to frame the rainbow against a clear background without too many elements and the foreground should ideally be a contrast to the sky. Try keeping a good balance between the elements in the foreground, and background.

2. Polarising Filter:

Unnecessary light can reduce the rainbow’s visibility in the taken picture. Using a polarising filter will cut out excess light and the colours of the rainbow would come out brightly. Polarising filters increase the vibrancy of colours by reducing the sunlight that passes through the camera lens.

3. Lens:

Keep a wide angle and telephoto lens handy. The wide-angle lens will help you capture the entire width of the rainbow. You can capture the entire primary arc and if you are lucky, the secondary rainbow arcs too. The telephoto lens comes in handy when you aim for the ‘End-Of-The-Rainbow’ shots. Rainbow photography trips would be sorely incomplete without an image of the point where the rainbow meets the ground.

4. Metering:

Consciously meter the light away from the dark clouds behind the rainbow. This will reduce the vibrancy of the rainbow.

Chasing rainbows is an exciting adventure! Rainbows often last for a few minutes, not giving you enough time to set up your equipment. It is advisable to also use a good tripod to capture rainbows for stable and sharp shots. We hope you capture some stunning rainbows with the help of these tips and who knows, maybe the pot of gold too.