While I consider myself modest when evaluating my photography skills, if there is one thing that I am truly an expert at, it is winter photography. Born and raised in Chicago, I have endured some of the toughest winters seen by the lower 48, and here are some pointers that I think will really help young photographers make excellent images during the winter time.
1. Better safe than sorry. When it comes to preparation, you are better safe than sorry. Dress warm, put on one or two more layers than you think you need. Bring a hat, gloves, scarf, two pairs of socks, facemask etc. You don’t want to find yourself rushing, or even passing on more compositions or angles simply because you are too cold.
2. Tis the season. Take advantage of things that are only around during the winter time. Snow, whether it is fresh on the ground or falling out of the sky, makes for fantastic images. Furthermore, Christmas lights, trees and other holiday decor will add important context to your holiday photographs.
3.Gear Up. Make sure that you have the right gear for the season. Photography gloves are a great addition to your gear collection, keeping your hands warm while still giving you the ability to move the controls on your camera. Try the Manzella Cascade gloves, pictured right. Also make sure that you have a warm jacket, hat, pants, boots etc, and anything else you can find that will make you feel comfortable and not let the winter weather get the best of you.
4. Tis the Off-Season. For most places, the winter time is the off-season for tourism. Take advantage of the empty streets, and shoot places that you normally wouldn’t dare because of the heavy influx of people. Super Bowl Sunday and New Years are great days for photographers to capture the most touristy locations without the people. Hope you don’t like football!