Winter Photography: Creating Breathtaking Pictures

Submitted by Jan Ole Schmidt

Ice crystals in a macro shot © Jasmin Rex / WhiteWall.

Endless icy landscapes, glistening pinecones, snowy forests – winter brings plenty of creative opportunities for passionate photographers. To make sure the photos turn out fantastic, here are a few tips from Jan-Ole Schmidt, a Product Manager at WhiteWall and an expert photographer.

Tip 1: Adjust the White Balance

Due to extreme brightness, white snow can often take on a light blue tint or even a gray hue. Adjusting the white balance works wonders and adjusts the camera to the color temperature of the location.

Winter picture with a lot of snow © Philip Lee Harvey / WhiteWall.

Tip 2: Expose Falling Snow Correctly

Since lighting conditions are generally gloomier while snow is fall, the camera will often automatically activate the flash. However, this only illuminates the closest snowflakes. With a long exposure, the camera has enough time to take in enough light. This also has a nice side-effect: the falling snow appears in white streaks.

Typical winter photo: snow flurry © Christian Spuller / Unsplash.

Tip 3: Keep Your Gear Warm

It isn’t just photographers who can get cold – cameras and batteries are also weather sensitive. Batteries As it gets colder, batteries discharge more quickly. For that reason, it’s a good idea to keep the camera and batteries under your jacket next to your body. After your frosty expedition, your photo equipment should return to normal. To avoid condensation on the camera and lens, a plastic bag can be helpful – the water will condense on the outside. Tip: a desiccant in your camera bag offers additional protection against humidity.


You have to pay special attention to the equipment when photographing in winter © Jakob Owens / Unsplash.

Tip 4: Choose the Right Printing and Mounting Techniques for the Subject

Winter picture behind acrylic glass

Intense contrasts and radiant white tones - a photo print under acrylic glass is recommended here.

Framed winter picture

Snow-covered landscapes radiate peace and calm. A top-quality frame like the Solid Wood ArtBox can strengthen this impression and make the photograph appear even more imposing. A wonderful way to achieve a classic, elegant photo presentation is with a print on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper with a Solid Wood Frame With Passe-Partout and a single or double-layered mat board.


HD Metal Print

The HD Metal Print is suitable for high-contrast motifs with an icy shimmer. It provides a high-gloss effect and highlights the color accents.


Direct Print on Wood

Nature photos have a truly special feel when printed on organic materials. With the Direct Print On Wood, the white areas are not actually printed, meaning the unique birch grain comes through. The wood used is peeled off a tree in a single piece to give it consistent grain throughout, even in large formats. This gives the image a very rustic feel overall.


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