Yes, it is very cold outside, unless, of course, you are somewhere in the southern half of our beautiful planet. Freezing weather is enough to make many photography enthusiasts put their cameras away until the first leaves and flowers appear in Spring.
If you are one of them, you could be missing out on the opportunity to capture stunning images to include in your collection of landscape shots. Follow the tips below to help you to get the winning shot.
1- Use a tripod: To get deep depth of field (everything is focus) with small apertures (high f/number) and at the same time using low ISO for fine grain (or noise), you will notice that your shutter speed will be quite slow. To avoid camera shake when you are shaking of cold, always carry a tripod with you.
2- Golden hours: Early morning and late afternoon (sunrise and sunset) are the perfect times to photograph nature. The side light we get when the sun is near the horizon emphasises textures and explodes in beautiful colours. If the show is not great that day, play with the white balance and add bluish or pinkish filters to increase the cold feel (tungsten/incandescent or fluorescent WB settings).
3- To get sparkly white snow, overexpose the light meter making sure that the RGB Histogram reaches the right end (highlights) when you check the picture information on your camera LCS screen. If you don’t do that, the snow in your pictures will be grey, not white. Take enough care not to overexpose too much and loose texture and details.