Take Great Winter Photos
Then…. Enter the Kidznsnow Photo Contest!
courtesy of New York Institute of Photography
photos in the bright light of the snow or in frigid air makes for a challenge
for any photographer. Add in the action of the slopes or the antics of a child,
and you've got your work cut out. Here are some tips from the experts. Get out
there and shoot and don't forget to enter the Kidznsnow Photo Contest!
that one of the most common problems of working in the field is running out of
battery power. And the problem only gets worse in cold weather, which saps battery
efficiency. How to deal with this difficulty?
Chuck DeLaney, Dean of
the New York Institute of Photography, America's oldest and largest photography
school, counsels all photographers to "keep the camera, flash, and batteries as
warm as possible, even if that means keeping them under your coat or near your
body for warmth."
The problem of preserving
battery power is a particularly serious one with today's auto-everything cameras
that are totally dependent on batteries. It's an even more troublesome problem
with digital cameras, which guzzle batteries in all weather and often become utterly
uncooperative in temperatures below freezing.
Whether you're trying to
shoot digital or working with a film-based camera, DeLaney urges everyone to bring
plenty of extra batteries out into the cold. And if you're staked out in the freezing
weather trying to photograph a subject over a period of time, set
up your tripod, but if possible, keep your camera with you under your coat until
the decisive moment. A quick-release tripod head that allows you to pop your camera
on and off will come in particularly handy in this situation. Whatever you do,
don't let the cold deter you after all, winter is a great time to photograph skiers
and kids building snowmen and snow on pine trees. Just be sure to protect your
gear from the elements.
To learn more about cold weather photography how to deal with static electricity,
condensation, and taking pictures in the snow see the article on Cold Weather
Photography on the site of the New York Institute of Photography at
"Reprinted with permission from the New York Institute of Photography Web
site at www.nyip.com."
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Photo Contest here