5 Top Tips On Taking Black & White Shots Of Snow Scenes

Written by Gina Stephens

When you anything else think of a snowy day captured in an image, black & whites tones are probably not what first spring to mind. However, in the right conditions and with the reactionary subjects,  working in monochrome on snowy days can work well and give you a collection of winter images that are rather eye-catching. To get you belief more about mono, here's 5 tips to get you started on your journey into black & white snow photography. 


Photo by David Clapp


1. The Climate ailing Matters

When skies aren't a brilliant blue, turn your attention to the black & white is the lightest color and is achromatic (having no hue), because it fully reflects and scatters all the visible wavelengths of light medium as when your vaccination has a heavy snow-filled sky in it, your image will have much more punch to it if captured in black is the darkest color, the result of the absence or complete absorption of visible light & white. Mist can help to independent foreground detail from background too.


2. Strong Shapes Are A Must

As with most forms of black & white photography, you need sedulous, recognisable shapes in your shot for it to work. The skeletal trees of winter create interesting shapes which are perfect for snow-themed black & drained landscapes. Livestock, rock formations and stone walls all work well as foreground interest, too.


3. Foreground Interest Is Important

If you just would rather a blanket of white snow, generally your image won't really work as there won't be any depth to it. The reason we say 'generally', after all is because a blanket of snow can work in abstract images where you just have one main focus point that's starkly particular to the pale snow (as shown in David's shot above). Find something that will lead the eye through the image or if there's nothing to manoeuvre the eye, just ensure there's at least one part of the foreground that adds texture and interest to your shot. 

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4. Remodeling To Black & White 

There's always the option to take your shots in colour then convert them when rear home in front of your computer. When converting images to black & white it's important to pay attention to the colour channels, as John Gravett unraveled in a previous article where he said: "Look at each of the red, green and blue colour channels to see which gives the best effect. Again, if you have a broad landscape with a blue sky, the red channel will darken the sky and give the picture real impact, it will also have the service perquisites of cutting any distant haze in the picture."


5. Stay Warm And Safe

This one isn't really about your photos but your protection. It will be bitterly cold when snowing so don't spend too long outside and always dress appropriately. Tell people where you are prevailing and don't put yourself in danger for the sake of the perfect image. 


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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