Born in Norway, a snowy country in northern Europe, photographer Christian hoiberg naturally has a preference for winter among the four seasons. Although winter is a cold and lifeless season for many people, Christian hoiberg likes to go out to shoot at this time, because you can get very beautiful winter snow photos no matter in the day or at night.
Born in Norway, a snowy country in northern Europe, photographers naturally prefer winter among the four seasons. Although winter is a cold and lifeless season for many people, they like to go out for shooting at this time, because you can have a chance to take very beautiful winter snow photos no matter in the day or at night. However, I admit that I was not an absolute fan of winter photography at the beginning. In fact, I didn’t know more about this field until many years after I had my first camera. I soon realized that taking photos in winter is different from shooting in other seasons. We usually have to face several new challenges, the most troublesome of which is white everywhere. So, how to shoot enough eye-catching works in winter with relatively single color?
Looking for color contrast
After several days of heavy snow, the vast land of Norway is already covered with silver. Snow is like a pigment that paints the surrounding trees, lakes, mountains and even the sky white. Norway in winter has become a white world. You may think that this scene must be romantic, but for the photographer, when there is only white in the picture, the risk of the whole picture becoming monotonous will be greatly increased. At this point, you need to add more color elements as the visual focus of the photo. Take the following photo as an example. I took it in the morning after a heavy snow. At that time, my eyes were all white. So I put in the red cabin to add some fun to the picture. Without this cabin, the picture would lack visual focus, and the audience would feel confused because they didn’t know where to look.
I found that red is a very useful color for the above scenes, but it doesn’t need to be too rigid. Any other bright color can also be used. It’s like a yellow autumn leaf lying on the snow, or some skiers in red coats walking in the mountains. The key to solve the problem is to find other main colors different from white to act as the visual focus of the picture.
Be bright, not dark
If it happens that we can’t find any color subject that can act as the visual focus, we don’t have to worry too much. At this time, we can use overexposure to deal with the picture. Especially when it’s snowing, and the sky has no contrast at all, overexposure one or two can still make the photo have a certain aesthetic feeling, as long as you remember to avoid excessive overflow of highlight.
Although I don’t often use this method, I tend to shoot in this way whenever there is a snowstorm. The slightly over exposed images can strengthen the snowstorm scene and convey a sense of cold to people, or let people experience the sense of tranquility when they are in the snowstorm world.
Choose cold white balance
我们可以在相机中事先设定好白平衡，或是用 RAW 格式拍摄然后再在后期软件中进行调整，总的来说偏冷的色调通常更适合用来展现雪景。除非是在色彩丰富的日落时分，我认为完全没有理由去设定一个偏暖的白平衡。雪本身是白色的，而阴影部分也是冷色调的。使用冷色调将会帮我们营造出冬季的氛围，而且还能保持照片的真实性。
We can set the white balance in the camera in advance, or shoot in raw format, and then adjust it in the later software. Generally speaking, the colder color is more suitable for showing the snow scenery. I don’t think there’s any reason to set a warm white balance unless it’s a colorful sunset. The snow itself is white, and the shadows are cool. The use of cool colors will help us create a winter atmosphere, but also to maintain the authenticity of the photos.
在 Blue Hour 的时候拍摄
Shooting at Blue Hour
尽管冬天是一个全天都可以有很多拍摄机会的季节，即使是在晴朗的白天你仍旧能够带着相机出去做很多事，但是从去年开始我就越来越喜欢在 Blue Hour 的时候进行拍摄。因为光线在日出之前或日落之后的这段时间里是非常奇妙且柔和的，特别是在山脉附近。千万不要错过这最佳拍摄时机，即便外面寒风刺骨你也不该只是躲在家中暖和的棉被下，拿着相机走出去相信你不会后悔的。如果要我只能选择一天之中的一个时间段出去拍照的话，答案毫无疑问就是 Blue Hour。
Although winter is a season with lots of shooting opportunities all day, even in a sunny day, you can still go out with your camera and do a lot of things, I have been more and more fond of shooting in blue hour since last year. Because the light is wonderful and soft before sunrise or after sunset, especially near the mountains. Don’t miss the best time to shoot. Even if it’s chilly outside, you shouldn’t just hide under the warm quilt at home and go out with the camera. I believe you won’t regret it. If I have to choose only one time of the day to take photos, the answer is undoubtedly blue hour.
Take more batteries and keep warm
The last piece of advice may have nothing to do with photography itself, but it’s especially important in the North during the extremely cold winter. Remember to bring an extra battery. When the temperature is low, the battery power down speed is faster than usual. And if you use live view mode as often as I do, or use a higher power consumption camera without reflection, you may need to bring more than one battery, just in case. My habit is to put at least one idle battery in the inside pocket of my coat to prevent the loss of power due to the low temperature. I also found that this can make the battery last longer. Finally, we not only need to keep the battery in a warm environment, but also need to keep warm and protect ourselves when shooting outdoors. We would rather wear more than less.