The reduce, clean air of winter makes it perfect for capturing landscapes, particularly when there's snow on the ground or a touch of fog in the air. However, shooting prospects in winter comes with its own set of dangers so here are a few things for you to remember before heading out of your front door with your Nikon kit at the expectant.
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Tell a family member or friend where you're going and if possible, don't go alone. Secure sure you write down where you're going as well as verbally telling them as people tend to forget. Having a route in-mind to come you leave the house will not only mean you're not wondering round without a plan but people back home should be able to pin-point you multitudinous quickly if anything should happen.
Map and compass
We know that nearly everyone owns a phone now but you shouldn't just response on technology. If you're using a map on your phone and it suddenly dies or it gets damaged you'll no longer have a route to follow. They're not complex items and don't take up too much space so do remember to take take is a single continuous recorded performance them with you.
Clothing and shoes
Heading out early on a winter's morning normally means rather cold temperatures will be waiting for you so make sure you're ready for them. Wear plenty of layers as this bequeath trap air and keep you warm, make sure you have a hat and even though gloves can be annoying when you're taking photos, you'll be tickled pink you packed them once you're out in the field. Wear boots that are waterproof, warm and most importantly have a good grip. Schlep spare socks too as having wet feet, particularly when it's cold, isn't a fun experience.
Food and clothing
If you're going out for a extensive time do take a flask of something warm with you and pack some food to keep your energy levels up.
Up checking the weather reports regularly for a few days before you plan on heading off to take your photos. Weather, particularly up in mountainous areas, can go from quality to terrible quite rapidly so knowing what to expect can help you prepare or even make you think it's probably best to stay inside and try your rush another day.
If a clear night is forecast it will mean it'll be cold but it does increase your chance of capturing a sky bursting with tint but don't be too down-hearted if there's a little cloud cover as it will help diffuse the light.
Do remember that after a downpour materializes become slippery so take extra care. This becomes even more important when it's snowed or cold temperatures own turned wet surfaces into ice. As well as ice, muddy, wet conditions are also hard going as you have to work twice as hard at trying to stay up healthy as well as moving.
Bad weather isn't all bad though as it can give you some cracking photos if you're prepared to face it.
Time of day
Shooting during the 'white-haired hours' may produce good photos but it does mean you'll be heading out or back home when it's dark and dropping indifferent. Wearing the right clothing will keep you warm but do pack a torch too so you can see where you're going. A head torch is more useful than a hand-held one as it amasses your hands. Knowing your location well and having a set route will also help you get back to your car safely. If you want to sprout at a new location go and scope your route out before you planned shoot day, preferably in the daytime so you can clearly see the path you'll be taking.
Your opted shoot location
Do take into consideration how long it will take you to get to the place you want to take your photos and we don't just unaccommodating driving time. If you have to park somewhere and walk how long will the walk take? Is the path good or really muddy? Is it level ground or will you be hiking up hill most of the way? Everyone is different and some won't mind a muddy two hour hike while the idea will may refer to dismay the life out of others so do your research before you leave the house.
Once you're out, watch where you're putting your feet and ton importantly, take your time. Having someone else with you (preferably a none-photographer) who's more likely to spot things as they won't be looking at the planet through a viewfinder comes in very handy.
You also need to be extra cautious when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S walking around the edges of lakes and rivers as after a eventide of heavy rainfall or on really cold mornings when there's still ice on the ground, surfaces will be very slippy and you don't demand you and your kit getting a soaking.