But there are some special considerations for photographing at this time of the year. Below are five tips for photography in winter.
1. Check The Weather Forecast
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It's better to be prepared. If you have an idea of when conditions will improve or worsen, you can plan to avoid the worst of a winter storm. Also, be sure to have emergency items in case the worst happens. No photograph is ever worth dying for.
2. Dress Appropriately
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Winter can be brutal, and you may end up out in the elements longer than you initially planned. Don't under dress and regret it later. It's better to have too many layers than not enough.
3. Do Not Disturb
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On top of that, depending on exactly where you are at, there are potential hazards. Slippery surfaces, sharp ice, thin ice, and even avalanches in the mountains are possible dangers. Tripping hazards are sometimes hidden. These things could quickly ruin your day, so be careful where you walk.
4. Look For Details
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The opportunities for macro photography, especially, abound in the winter. Look for interesting patterns and designs made by the winter conditions.
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You'll have to pay close attention to the exposures and use exposure compensation to correct. I have found that one f-stop of additional exposure is a good starting point, and from there it can be fine-tuned. An 18% grey card (for those who use grey cards) can be used to help get the exposure right.