Every season during the year can provide its own unique challenges when it comes to photography. Although winter can at times be a little gloomy with what seems like constant overcast weather and rain, you can still capture some great photographs especially during the latter stages of the season where you tend to get some really crisp, clear mornings with beautiful colours in the sky. Granted, those days are few and far between, but being ready for when they do arrive can lead to you capturing some really special images. So with that in mind, I have put together a small collection of photographs from my travels around Rutland during the winter months along with a few tips that you might find helpful the next time you go out and shoot-I hope you enjoy!
1)Arrive early-stay late
Arriving early with plenty of time before sunrise or sunset allows you the opportunity to get set up and play around with different angles, whilst affording you the time to think about how you want to frame your shot.
The 30 minute window before sunrise and directly after sunset can produce some fantastic colours and is the perfect opportunity to capture some incredible shots. Always aim to arrive early, and stick around late to make sure that you don’t miss out on those special photographs. Being patient can be the difference between you capturing a good photograph or a great one.
Shooting into the sun is something that I try to avoid due to the extremely harsh lighting. Pointing your camera a little to the side, or by positioning yourself so that the sun is over your shoulder still allows you to get those beautiful colours in the sky, but without the harshness of the direct sunlight. Generally when I am photographing at sunrise or sunset its not for the sun itself, but rather I am using the colour that it brings in the sky to illuminate and add colour to the subject that I am trying to frame.
It is also worth trying to stay in tune with what is going on around you. The photograph above was taken whilst I was actually trying to frame another shot and I became aware of the couple walking away from me out of the corner of my eye. Luckily, I managed to turn on my heels quickly and capture the moment. Sometimes we stubbornly get fixated on a certain frame when it is actually what is happening around us in the less obvious moments that provide us with the greatest results.
2)Sometimes less is more
Use that winter sparseness to highlight and add an empty feel to your photographs.
Minimal photography can add a striking element that captures your focus by really drawing you in to the photograph.
You have to be able to work with what is available to you, so be creative by trying to capture and portray the mood of you surroundings.
3)Work with what you have
You don’t have to travel far and wide to capture great photographs. All of the first three photos in this post where taken within walking distance of each other.
One of the things that I like to do and incorporate when I am in a creative slump is limit myself to a certain area with a set time limit and shoot only what is in that specific area. I find its a great way of forcing myself to work with what I have in front of me and become creative.
You can find beauty and interesting photographs amongst seemingly ordinary surroundings, you just have to work out how to capture and portray it in a way that allows it excel and become interesting.
Don’t limit your thought process into thinking that you are beholden to your surroundings when trying to produce good photography
4)Break the rules
Never feel as though you have to rigidly stick to certain parameters within photography. For example, breaking the rule of thirds and centre composing a photograph can yield just as great results and should be experimented with.
It’s always advantageous to learn as many aspects of photography as possible and use the knowledge that you acquire as and when needed, without feeling as though you have to stick to a certain set guidelines to produce good photography.
5)Find your own style and identity
Follow your own creative instincts because the moment that you start creating photographs for what you think people will like is the moment that you lose your own unique creativity.
Photography is an art form, meaning that it is subjective. What you like, might not be what others like and that’s fine. So don’t change your style to please others, or hold it up against standards that are perceived to be the correct way as there is no right or wrong. Create how you want and your own unique style will filter through. Don’t follow the path-find you own!
So those were my late winter photos from Rutland with photography tips. Do you enjoy shooting during the winter months? What is you favourite season for photography? Let me know in the comments
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