10 Tips for Creating Fantastic Winter Photos

Though the weather may be nicer to shoot in other seasons, winter can provide many opportunities for incredible nature photography. The cold can pose some challenges, but if you’re prepared, the images you can capture are well worth it.

Winter photo prints also make great holiday gifts. Print Partner offers online photo printing services across Canada for the professional and novice photographer. It’s easy to upload your high-quality images using our site and select the size, medium, and finish you want. We also offer B2B services to customers throughout North America, and professionals can apply for our pro-discount.

Here are 10 tips, including many from the Digital Photography School on how to prepare for a winter photo shoot:

  1. Plan out your locations and shots ahead of time and reduce your time in the freezing cold

  2. Dress warmly and wear layers so if it’s warmer than expected you can remove one

  3. Check the weather report for storms – a light snow can be a nice feature, however

  4. Wear gloves to allow for finger movement and minimal removal

  5. Wear a cowl or scarf that you can place over your mouth to restrict the breath that can form condensation and ice on your camera from the moisture and heat

  6. Hold your breath when you’re taking the shot

  7. Slow the transition of taking a warm camera into the cold air by slowing uncovering it – condensation will form more quickly if you suddenly remove it

  8. Cold batteries drain faster, so keep the battery itself warm and place it in the camera right before you need it

  9. Bring extra batteries

  10. Bring a waterproof camera bag and towels

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What types of locations and subject matter make for great winter photos? Here’s some ideas for inspiration:

  • landscapes with or without people: forests, farmland, mountain terrain, bodies of water, city streets, country roads, day or night shots
  • strange or unique ice formations
  • people or pets playing in the snow
  • close-up photography of ice and snowflakes
  • Christmas lights
  • winter sunsets or sunrises
  • a contrast of place and season: a winter beach, up at the lake, empty city streets, playgrounds
  • weather as the feature: blowing snow and wind, fog, gently falling snow, sunny days
  • holiday portraits or locations
  • winter sports and action shots

This handy article from Lifewire can help with the technical issues associated with a winter shoot, like proper white balance, dealing with dull and cloudy days, and exposure with bright sun and snow. Plus, it points out the benefits of plenty of light for action shots and embracing blurry, moving snow.

Winter photography looks brilliant printed onto metal, and you can order your metal prints online through Print Partner to create vibrant and high-resolution images on durable, scratch-resistant, fade-resistant metal using a unique sublimation process that is top quality in the industry. The presentation is modern and borderless and looks great in homes and for commercial presentation.

We also create canvas prints in Canada plus acrylic and a wide variety of photo papers and finishes. Our staff is comprised of professional photographers and artists who know how to translate a digital file to produce a gorgeous print that will look stunning in your home or make a lovely holiday gift. We can help you make any adjustments necessary to maximize the quality of your finished photo print.