There are many reasons to feel photographically discouraged over the Winter period, from rainy weather and freezing temperatures to poor lighting conditions. Nevertheless, this time of year also presents many opportunities you may not otherwise have, such as Christmas markets, snowy landscapes, lighting displays and various other festive events. The good news is that, with a little prior preparation, you can ensure not only your photo gear is protected but also that you’re inspired enough to go out and try something different. So here are five tips that will help keep you motivated over the winter months.
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1. Make sure to get the right Photo gear for Shooting
Cold, wet weather and expensive photographic gear are hardly a perfect match, but you may be surprised to learn just how many products there are designed to be used in testing conditions. Take my latest purchase for example. The Canon 24-105mm f4 lens works perfectly in bad weather. Weatherproof cameras may not survive being submerged in water but can still easily deal with a light rain shower, so that's an option as well. Many manufacturers now carry at least one model in the lines with this degree of protection. Don’t worry if you don’t own such a camera as you can buy rain covers quite cheaply to keep rain away from your existing gear. There are also batteries and memory cards that are designed for use in freezing conditions, and cases for the latter to keep them dry, but before you buy anything it’s worth checking the capabilities of your current gear. Many camera bags also come with rain covers integrated into a flap or pocket at their base, and while you can buy filters with water-repellant coatings to protect your lens, some lenses already have these kinds of coatings applied to their front element.
2. Protect yourself as well!
3. Go with the flow of bad weatherthat post on rainy-weather inspiration as well. You could capture icicles dangling from the rooftops or droplet-covered spiderwebs, or even condensation on windows, mirrors or other surfaces. You don’t just need to focus on details either – just think, for example, about how much more dramatic a landscape can becomes when it incorporates masses of menacingly dark clouds. Overcast conditions may not give colors a chance to shine as much as they would when it’s sunny, so consider switching to black and white or sepia options instead. Likewise, the reflections from wet surfaces create more contrast in the scene, so black and white treatments here can be particularly effective once it starts to rain.
4. A good Tripod is your Friend
5. Use Flash Creatively to light up Dark Spots
I hope these tips could be of inspiration to you, and if you have more, feel free to share them in the comments below.