Here’s how to have fun with winter photography

Living in Manistee hosts many opportunities for winter photography. Michigan’s landscape offers scenes of frozen waterfalls, icy shores, moonlit nights illuminating snow-covered fields, frost-laden trees, lighthouses battling stormy days, and, of course, the Northern Lights. .

Winter photography can encompass much more than shooting beautiful landscapes, such as macro shooting individual snowflakes, capturing bubbles as they freeze, shooting falling snow, or capturing fun 3D images. with a cell phone.

Here are some tips for winter photography:


white landscapes

Photographing a snowy landscape can be tricky. The camera sensor will compensate for the strong white light of the snow, which makes the snow look dull and gray.

Playing with white balance and exposure can make snow white. Try setting auto white balance to sunny, glowing (for a more moody photo) or cloudy for a warmer tone in overcast weather and twilight photos. If you are shooting in aperture priority, shutter speed or program mode, increasing the exposure compensation between +0.3EV and +0.7EV will bring back the whiteness of the snow. Remember that white balance and exposure work together.

Macro photography of a snowflake

Photos of snowflakes are stunning. The Manistee Camera Club was fortunate to have a fantastic presentation by Don Komarechka, a leading photographer in this field. To get a good photo, you need a magnification of 2:1 or more. This can be achieved with a macro lens or extension tubes that fit between your lens and the camera body.

There are many articles online that can help you get started.

Capture the falling snowflakes

There’s something magical about capturing falling snow. To capture blurry snow streaks, mount your camera on a tripod and take a long exposure. If you want to freeze the action, you’ll need a fast shutter speed.

Photograph the bubbles that crystallize

The bubble solution recipe is simple; 1 cup water, 4 tbsp. dish soap, 3 tbsp. of glycerin and 2 tbsp. sugar, cool. The only other things you need are a straw, a windless, cold day (10 F or less), and your camera. There are many online instructions and pictures of these beautiful crystallizing bubbles.

The stupidity of the smartphone

The smartphone foolishness to get a spooky 3D image of your fashionable face started in 2016 when a father and daughter were shoveling and decided to stick their faces in the snow on the side of their car. When they took a photo of the footprints with their mobile phone, they realized they had detailed and hilarious 3D images of their faces. Note that the footprints don’t look much to the naked eye.

This is just a sampling of some fun winter photography ideas. To quote Wayne Gretzky (even if it’s totally out of context), “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Good shot!

Ann Burrell is a member of the Manistee Camera and Photo Art Club (MCPAC). Visit the MCPAC Facebook page for club information. New members of all levels and photographic mediums (DSLR, cellphones, drones, etc.) are welcome.

Stewart C. Hartline