Seven Tips and Ideas for Better Winter Landscape Photography

It may be absolutely freezing where you are right now, but that doesn't mean it's not a great time get out and shoot some photos. This great video will give you seven helpful tips and ideas for better winter landscape images.

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this is a good video to watch if you're thinking of heading out into the snow and cold to shoot a bit. Snow and ice can be a great way to achieve a different look in your shots or to really get abstract. If you do head outdoors and spend a while there, be careful bringing your gear back inside. Moving from cold, dry air to warm, humid air makes conditions ideal for condensation to form on and in your camera and lenses, which is never a good situation. To prevent this, put all your gear inside a zippered camera bag or seal it inside a plastic bag before you bring it back inside, then let it sit until it reaches room temperature again. Doing this should be sufficient to protect your camera and lenses from moisture damage due to condensation. Now, bundle up and go out to shoot some of the beautiful scenery!

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Is it me or is nearly every fstoppers article that shows up in my feed a link to a YouTube video?

Niklas Möller's picture

He is still right, though and I looks the same to me. And "It's you." is not a very polite answer IMHO. When you take a look at the main page out of the latest 20 articles o FStoppers, only 3 are not a video.

I often read articles when I'm somewhere where I can't play the video (e.g. no headphones, bad connection). And the small article with the videos often does not contain a lot of useful information about the video content itself.

But I have to say: Knowing that there is a category "Originals" with original FStopper articles is interesting to know and the videos you post are interesting (when I have the time to watch them).

I would just love to have a bit more details about the video in the article. For sure not the whole content but a bit more to know if it's worth watching the video for me personally or not.

Just my humble opinion :) Keep up the good work guys! :)

Alex Cooke's picture

I’m not sure why you found my answer impolite; I certainly didn’t mean anything by it and it was simply an answer to his question along with a relevant link.

Test shot of contrasting colors with my new Sony RX100 V on a cold night.

Alex Cooke's picture

Ooo! How do you like it so far? I was literally just reading about it a half-hour ago. Beautiful sky!

I'm actually stunned at what I'm able to get out of that little camera. I knew what they were capable of but it's different once you start creating your own images with one. The funny thing about that photo was that it was a quick grab shot as I went to take some trash out. The original RAW looks almost identical to it. All I did was increase slightly shadows, contrast and saturation.

The warm light in the lower part of the photo is from the distant city lights and artificial lighting just outside of the frame that lights up the trees a bit. The balance of warmth and coolness of the blue of the sky peeking through I thought would look nice. It's amazingly noise free at ISO 6400.

You won't believe how much I got the camera for. After factoring in a $50 Best Buy gift card that came with it, it came out to $638. Really. Crazy, huh? For an open box camera with less than ten shots on it and not a single mark on it, it's a keeper. I'm also testing a Sony a6300.

nigel danson's picture

Stunning camera - I am thinking of getting one for videos. May need a trip back to the US to get a good deal!

Unfortunately the price I got it at is essentially unheard of. Even here in America when the latest Sony RX100 version goes on sale it is typically only $50 off of the $1000 price tag. I was very lucky in being at the right place at the right time and the store simply took an oddly very generous amount off the price tag. Sony and the camera shops know that there really isn't anything equivalent from competitors, which explains it essentially never being on sale.

I've always wanted a camera that I can *truly* always carry with me while maximizing image quality. I get better, and in low light drastically better, image quality than 35mm film so I'm very happy with it. The viewfinder quality is amazing. It is also surprisingly dense and relatively heavy for something so small.

Alex Cooke's picture

It's so funny you mentioned it; I'm writing the gear awards for 2017 right now, and that's the winner of the compact category. I had the original RX100 and absolutely loved it; I'm sure after four iterations, it's even more spectacular. I just went back five years in Lightroom to look at the shots I got out of it and I'm still amazed.

I like the balance of the warm and cool! I actually just did a similar shot with a lens I'm reviewing. But yes, that's an impressively sharp/low-noise shot for a compact camera at ISO 6400.

$638 might be the deal of the year! I'm pretty jealous right now haha. Congrats on an awesome find. :)

Gabrielle Colton's picture

That's fantastic Bob!! Keep up the hard work <3

Thanks, but I just pointed toward the light. An almost full moon sure helped.

I miss hard work.

Gabrielle Colton's picture

Love this, winter is so beautiful to capture but can turn boring quickly so these are great