Clever Tips for Winter Photography (Part 2)
Limited outdoor adventure to satisfy your winter photography passion? Just read on.
- Photograph yourself.
It’s the ‘selfie’ age and you can use that to your advantage if there are no other interesting subjects to take pictures of. Just plan your lighting, angles and props. Use a remote release or a self-timer so you can position yourself properly.
- Set up a still life composition.
Just think out of the box so you can transform common household materials or ordinary things around your studio into an amazing composition. It is not just about the subject but essential elements around it as well as the lighting and the background. Keep your camera steady in position through your tripod and then just use lamps, spotlights or torches for added illumination.
- Get the right tripod.
If you are shooting indoors, regular tripods won’t do the trick. If you want to get close enough to your subject, get a tripod with a swivelling centre column or the one which can be rotated into a horizontal ‘boom’.
- Know your way around macros.
Close focus is essential for real macro shots. Usually, 18-55mm kit lenses will do but if you can have like a Nikon 105mm Micro, your composition would be an instant home run. To be able to enhance different details, position yourself into various angles to make up for the little depth of field at these distances. Soft lighting is essential so window lighting may suffice here. You can also allow an external flash to bounce off a white card.
- Use whatever is available.
Raid the kitchen cupboards or rummage through the attic. Just make sure you have time to clean up the mess later on. But with just some strategic angles and lighting, you can get awesome pictures out of it. Don’t neglect on the colours, patterns and textures to give you a more lively composition.
- Get an external Speedlight flashgun.
Nikon has one, and this allows you to use it off-camera – with the full automatic flash – to create a more dynamic combination of lighting.
- Freeze movement.
Leave the shutter open and then manually click flash whenever you need it.
- Minimise effect of background clutter.
Put more light emphasis on a specific angle so you can conceal irrelevant, ugly or cluttered background.
- Be adventurous with lighting.
You can still achieve that warm colour combination or attractive colour palette by playing up with the daylight available and artificial light source you have.
- Quality rules.
It is not the amount of light that should limit you from creating great compositions. It is how you set it up and focus on the subject or the background. Use candles, torches, lamps – anything that could let your subject shine in a whole new perspective.