The Early Bird Gets the Shot.

The dos and don’ts of winter photography.

This is the time of year when fluffy snowflakes, white-dusted branches and glistening icicles beckon us to come out and explore. As you reach for your coat, hat and gloves, don’t forget your camera! Gone are the days when you had to be a professional photographer with bulky equipment to capture the magic of the season. Today’s smartphones have incredible capabilities that deliver professional quality results. Still, winter photography has unique challenges. Local professional photographer Jonathan Alsobrook shares his favorite dos and don’ts for getting that perfect wintry shot.

Don’t multitask.

While snowshoeing or cross-country skiing across scenic terrain, you’ll no doubt come upon numerous photo opportunities. But don’t interrupt your workout to fumble for a camera and snap a quick shot on the go. Instead, says Alsobrook, “take a mental note of those special vistas you’d like to capture, then return another time when the lighting and landscape have your full attention.”

Do dress appropriately.

Everyone knows the importance of wardrobe selection in portrait photography. When it comes to winter photography, however, it’s the wardrobe of the photographer that is of the utmost importance. “Dress as if your headed out for a day of skiing with your best waterproof clothing and boots,” suggests Alsobrook, “and invest in a quality pair of touchscreen-friendly gloves.” 

Do avoid the midday sun.

The sun beams of early morning and late afternoon make for the most dramatic lighting, but if you want to capture a snowy mountain photo with alpenglow – that magical pink hue hovering in the horizon – your best bet is to head out just before sunrise on a cold, crisp morning. (See tip above about wardrobe!)

Don’t get lost!

While it’s tempting to wander further and further into untouched territory, you don’t have to travel far to get a beautiful winter shot at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. “I like to walk from The Lodge to the stables at sunrise, and behind High Lonesome Lodge up to the ridge at sunset,” says Alsobrook, “I can capture a breathtaking shot at those locations every time.”

Photo by Jonathan Alsobrook | |


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