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Tips For Taking Great Winter Photos

By The Nature Conservancy of Canada
2/20/2014 2:28:47 PM

Blue Mountain outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 27, 2013. It was late afternoon after a fresh snowfall. Like many people, I tend to keep my camera tucked away more often during winter. But the hike to the top of this granite ridge is rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the city of Halifax on the southern horizon. Might be a good one for the next set of my homemade Christmas cards!

Blue Mountain, NS (Photo by Doug van Hemessen/NCC staff)

Here are a few tips for shooting photographs in the snow that might get your camera out with you this winter:

1. Dress warmly! We all know that (right?) but when photographing you can find yourself moving around less and generating less heat. Wear gloves or mittens that allow you to operate your camera or can be removed and put back on easily and quickly.

2. If you have a camera with interchangeable lenses you may be better off heading out into the snow and cold with just a single lens that can cover the range you are most interested in. Changing lenses can be awkward in the cold and depending on the conditions you risk snow blowing into the camera.

3.Make sure the battery is fully charged. Batteries have less life when the temperature is below freezing and, as above, it is no fun having to change them in the cold and snow and risk moisture entering the camera.

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