With more snow forecast to fall in Berkhamsted this week, it seems like a good time to share some tips for taking photos of children in the snow. Many of these tips apply whether you’ll be taking photos in the snow with your phone or your camera.
Watch Your Footprints
Pristine snow is beautiful. The temptation to walk into is huge, especially for children. Have a think about your intended photos before you head out.Try to direct children away from areas of snow you hope to include in your snow photos. Try and take these photos as soon as you get out, the snow won’t stay pristine once the snowballs start flying!
Overexposure Your Photos
This may feel counter-intuitive, but to get bright white snow in your photos you need to brighten your exposure. This is because your camera gets confused by the amount of white in the image and tries to make it look grey. You can adjust exposure in editing, but it’s best to get as much right in your camera as possible.
Keep Your Shutter Speed Fast
If snow is still falling for your photos, you will want a fast shutter speed (at least 1/250) to freeze the motion. Any slower and the snow flakes will appear as streaks on your photo. The fast shutter speed is also ideal for capturing the motion of your children. Whether sledging or throwing snowballs there is likely to be plenty of movement in your images.
Keep Your Batteries Warm
Batteries drain fast in cold temperatures, so make sure you have spare batteries. Keep them close to your body heat until they are needed. If you run out of batteries, try warming the flat battery up – you may find it will work again again.
Snow changes fast, a little sunshine and it soon melts. Beautiful trees can go from white and dazzling too dull in no time at all. Children go from hyper to cold and grumpy in the blink of an eye. Get out there and take some photos, then take some time to enjoy the snow as well.
Berkhamsted Snow Photos
Have fun with your snow photography. Experiment with different settings on your camera, and see what works for you. If you have some Berkhamsted snow photos I would love to see them.
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