Snow Photography – Beginner’s Tips

Snow or winter photography is very exciting for any photographer .After a fresh fall of snow, it looks like a winter wonderland all around with endless white snow everywhere. The leaves , shrubs and trees all covered up with snow flakes and flurries.This year we had an early snow day last weekend . Luckily, it has all melted away now.It only snows two or three times a year in this part of North Carolina so we get to experience it , but are not usually stuck with it .So it is truly a wonderful affair.

Photographing in the snow can be tricky , especially when you have to use your expensive camera lens .Here are some  tips that I found useful and are worth reading

  • The first thing that comes to mind is moisture ,your lens and camera’s biggest enemy. It is best to secure your camera in a zip-lock bag  inside your camera bag when you head out and quickly place it back after taking shots .The idea is to avoid condensation of the lens when you are back to the warmth of your home or car.This way  the camera will slowly get back to room temperature and not cause any condensation in the lens which can eventually harm it.It is a good idea to keep lens cloth handy to wipe away any moisture.
  • Shoot in RAW so you have an advantage to correct the photos easily  during post processing compared to  JPEG files RAW files are huge and can store more information. Some aspects that are unable to be  corrected or lost in the JPEG mode also can easily be regained if shot in RAW mode.
  • Use Manual mode to get actual colors .Semi automatic modes like shutter priority and aperture mode can be used as well for the falling snow and bokeh shots respectively.The auto mode may often capture dark images as it is all white and bright outside when it snows and the camera might compensate the brightness  by making it grey or dark.
  • Overexpose , keep exposure to higher level to help  avoid the grey capture of the snow and so that it looks white.This can also be done in post processing as well.
  • It is good to use your imagination and try various compositions ,contrasting colors like flowers or bright colored jackets ,scarfs or umbrellas in the snow, foot prints, bokeh shots , endless white landscapes etc.
  • Last but not least , wear good protective clothes yourself and enjoy and live the moments as well in the process of capturing! If you have any tips on photographing  on a snow day do share in the comments below , I would love to hear. Have a good day 🙂 

Read more resources on winter photography

Snow Fall 
snow looking like a cotton ball
A little red and green against the white snow is a beauty!
Bird house in the backyard all covered in snow!
Snow Photography beginners tips

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Great tips and lovely photos, Nisha! We definitely get snow a little more than three times a year so these tips will come in handy 😉

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Lynn , happy to hear it is useful!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Great article with spot on tips for all photographers, even the ones like me that should pick up a top or two once in a while. Especially about protecting our cameras in zip lock bags😊
    Beautiful clicks Nisha…
    Happy day ❣️

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      I also got to know of this tip recently , wish I had known about it earlier. Thank you so much Jyo!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Love all of your tips. That note about condensation is a good one! I’ll remember that if I’m ever taking pictures in the winter! Also love your photos, especially the red and green stem.

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Juliet, appreciate your wonderful comments!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 4:06 am

    So pretty Nisha. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much Lorelle, it was indeed a pretty sight all around!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for sharing wonderful tips, I always find it difficult to capture the ice cream, and I think these tips will help me. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much Megala, glad you find the tips useful!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Awesome Tips Nisha! And loved all the captures. Fantastic 👌

    • Reply
      December 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much Smitha for the appreciation, glad to hear you like them!

  • Reply
    December 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Lovely pictures 🙂

  • Reply
    January 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Never thought about this! But then again, I try to avoid going out into the

    • Reply
      January 8, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Yes me too I avoid unless I have to , but I enjoy photographing it and the first fall of snow ❄️. Thanks for the comments!

  • Reply
    January 17, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Such gorgeous photos and great shots!❤

    I’m here in Memphis, still waiting for snow to happen! 😉

    • Reply
      January 17, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much 🙏 we had an unusual early snow day this time , enjoyed and done with it for now .I guess it is due sometime again in Jan/Feb ..looks like delayed ..but am not really looking forward to it again 😊 . Hope you enjoy the Memphis snow ❄️

  • Reply
    February 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I love snow when I am inside looking out…lol

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: