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Photography tips for awesome Winter pictures

Photography tips for awesome Winter pictures

We’re crazy about Winter. Every year, we’re mesmerized by Winter’s countless facets. Whether the dreamy snowy landscapes, icicle-decked houses, frozen lakes, or magical twinkle of the lights against the dark – everyone can find something special for themselves in this especially cold time of year.

Naturally, Winter offers itself to a particular style of photography. We want to offer a few of our tips here, which we hope will help you with your photos:

Before heading out on a shoot:

Dress warmly! Warm clothing is the highest priority to enjoy photography in the Winter. Don’t forget about your hands either! You’ll be using them often and they are particularly susceptible to the cold.

Next, remember to pack not only your camera, but extra memory cards and battery packs! Try to pack your extra battery packs closely to your body, if possible in the inner pocket of your jacket, since they have trouble handling the cold. Your camera, on the other hand, should be OK. However, you should also pack paper towels to soak up the moisture formed by condensation, which will form as a result of the temperature extremes your camera will be exposed to and which certainly has no place on the inside of your camera.

Beautiful winter sunrise in the mountains. Dramatic red sky

Finding a motif:

  • Keep an eye on the weather! Weather changes in Winter can create especially fascinating effects with clouds and lights.
  • Keep moving! You don’t have to be into Winter sports to keep active. Sometimes the most beautiful Winter landscapes only let their photogenic features and details be discovered from one particular angle.


  • Don’t be afraid to make close contact! Frozen water is more fascinating than it sounds. Macro photos of icicles, snowflakes, tree rings, or embedded forms in ice can take your breath away!
  • Don’t shy away from the weather! Even thick fog and heavy snowfall can work to the advantage of your motif and can add a picturesque effect to your photos.


While shooting winter landscapes:

Occasionally, you can’t take your camera 100% at its word. That’s the perfect time to start experimenting. You’ll be quick to notice that Winter images typically all have a gray or blue tinge. In this case, you can manually configure the white balance on your camera to get a quick fix, or adjust these levels in a few quick steps while editing afterwards. However, if your Winter photos have lots of snow and seem too dark that’s because the snow is much too light. Due to this, your camera thinks that it’s a bright day.

In other words: underexposure. For this, choose the photo setting “snow”. Alternatively, you could adjust the length of exposure to be longer than recommended. Whatever you choose, check after every photo to make sure that your settings are perfect.

winter ski chalet and cabin in snow mountain landscape in tyrol austria

Try to consciously add elements which help contrast and frame your pictures. These will also make your photos more interesting. Trees, ski lodges, footprints, cliffs, and even streetlights will keep your pictures from becoming monotone.

Multicolored clips on line in winter garden

While editing your winter pictures:


You should not disregard editing your Winter photos! Not only is this step essential for making numerous corrections, but also for highlighting exciting details in your images. Try it out for yourself and you’ll see that the options available to you in the editing phase are nearly endless. Your photos can take on an entirely new feel, if you wish. Perfectly suited for this task: Photo & Graphic Designer. The best part is, you can download and test out a free trial for yourself right now, if you like. 😉


This part time member of the MAGIX team is originally from Berlin and has been with us since August 2014. In her free time she attempts, among other things, to photograph the various apects of the people around her which have been characterized by the big city.

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