Landscape Art Photography: Taking Pictures of Snow

Landscape art photography involves taking pictures of nature in an artistic way. This often means capturing winter scenery or animals in the snow. But, there are special tricks to ensure that your winter pictures come out correctly.

Step 1: Adjusting Your Camera

Snow reflects light, which means that you are more likely to get glare. While some of this is offset by the fact that the light is not as bright during the winter, you are still going to have some glare. You should try bracketing your exposures. Many new digital cameras already have this setting, so you should just read your manual as to how you do this.

You can almost play with your shutter speed. Depending on the situation, you may want to make it faster or slower. You can also move your aperture up one or two F-stops.

For commercial photography, you probably want it to look as natural as possible. So, you may just want to adjust your camera’s settings as opposed to adding filters. Filters add a different effect to the final picture. People looking to buy photographs for commercial use (postcards, brochures and marketing materials) generally want them to look as real as possible as opposed to being artsy.

Step 2: Using Warm and Cold Filters for Gallery Photos

If you want to sell your photos in galleries, you want to make them stand out from the crowd. You should experiment with colored filters. Try adding a warm filter. This will counteract the sun glare, but it will also add an orange hue to the overall scene, making it more interesting.

You can also do the same with cold (blue) filters to underexpose the shot. This will give the impression that the photo was taken late in the day or evening, even if it was shot in the middle of the day.