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Tips on Photographing Snow | Our Favorite Snowy Day Articles

By Hanssie on January 24th 2016

As much of the East Coast is blanketed in layers and layers of snow and my newsfeed is full of beautiful photographs of snowy scenes, I sit here in sixty-two-degree weather (a bit cold by our standards) and am glad I’m not shoveling snow outside.

If you do find yourself in the blizzard and are looking to take advantage of this picture perfect opportunity, I’ve compiled some of our snowy day and bad weather photography tutorials to help you get started.

The blanket of white makes for gorgeous images, but exposing for all that brightness isn’t always simple. In this article, we give you four tips on how to properly expose for snow.

The Grand Canyon by Matthew Saville

If you’re watching football this weekend (and who isn’t??!), check out this article, where a photographer shooting a football snowy game gives his best tips on capturing the action in a white-out. Check out LIONS, EAGLES, AND SNOW – A PHOTOGRAPHER’S TOUGHEST CHALLENGE here.


Looking to get some great macro images of snowflakes? Try this reverse lens technique to capture the delicate snowflakes in your backyard. Read the article hereAlexey Kljatov SnowflakeGrab some soap and make some frozen soap bubbles. You’ll wow your kiddos with the easy(ish) macro photography method described in this article.


Afraid that your camera is going to freeze over? Matt has an in-depth article on how to defrost and save your gear from the cold elements. Check out COLD WEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS | HOW TO DEFROST AND SAVE A FROZEN CAMERA.


If you want to protect your camera before you go out into the cold, this article and video gives you tips on how to protect your camera in bad weather.


If you’re like me and would prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and safe, you can always work on your photography business, Tanya gives ten ways to continue booking photography jobs all winter long. Check out the ideas in this article.


If you’re on the West Coast and haven’t seen snow in, well, ever, you have the digital tools to create your own. Check out this Phlearn tutorial detailing how to make snow in Photoshop.


Of course, if you’d like to just create some realistic looking snow without Photoshop, Jay P. Morgan shows us how to make the most out of a snow machine in this article.


So, whether you’re in the real thing, hiding from it, or just making it look like it’s snowing in your images, go forth and take some awesome snow images, then head over to the SLR Lounge Community page and show us how you did it!


Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing.

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