Each season presents photographers with unique opportunities. It is essential to know the advantages and disadvantages of each period of the year, to get the most out of outdoor photography.
In winter, of course, we all prefer to stay warm, at home, perhaps under the covers or with a hot drink in hand. In doing so, however, we risk losing many precious Personalized Photo Books opportunities.
Here, then, in this article the factors that make the photogenic winter and how to exploit them to the fullest.
GOLDEN HOUR AND A HALF
If you are in the habit of observing the characteristics of the light during the day, you will not have missed it as in the cold season it is more pleasant. Indeed, there is a scientific reason for this.
In winter, the inclination of the earth’s axis causes the sun’s rays to pass through a greater portion of the atmosphere. This implies that they are filtered more than in other seasons and that some “unpleasant” components of the light are less present. Also, the spokes are more oblique and, in many photos, this is an advantage.
If you have already read the article on the golden hour, you know that at sunrise and sunset there is a time interval of about an hour where sunlight has characteristics that make it more aesthetically pleasing. Well, in winter the golden hour stretches, almost reaching an hour and a half. A boon for custom canvas prints.
Moreover, even outside the golden hour, the inclination of the sun’s rays and their lower intensity favor photos with lateral lighting and soft shadows. As you know, these are very sought-after features, for example in portraits.
As a bonus, sunsets and sunrises are generally more colorful during the winter, as well as being a bit longer. In this season, therefore, not only will you have more time to capture dreamy landscapes, but the typical nuances that we all associate with sunsets will be even more intense.
Finally, the air in winter is typically clearer. In the warmer seasons, it is easy to have a milky sky or in any case a mist, due to the evaporation caused by the warmer temperature.
What should be done is to give the camera time to acclimatize. Generally, leave it in the bag or backpack where you are transporting it for a while, after changing temperature.
WHICH SUBJECTS TO PHOTOGRAPH IN WINTER?
The particular weather conditions make some subjects more photogenic than others, here is a list of possibilities:
- The fog spreads the light and creates mysterious scenes,
- The morning frost and ice decorate the objects and favor sharply “bright” close-ups,
- The direction of sunlight highlights the textures of the surfaces, allowing excellent abstract photos,
- The sky evenly covered with many days spreads the light of the sun, reduces the contrast and gives more saturation to the colors,
- The rain gives the daring scenes with reflections, colored umbrellas, sketches, people moving frantically (remember to protect the camera, though),
- The night is often extremely clear, a perfect condition for night photography,
- Fog and snow uniform colors and offer the possibility to create minimalist compositions with a few colored subjects that create a very dynamic contrast.