Photography Over the Winter Months
Many places are open these days over the winter, see the article Always open . This covers what is open, specific topics that can be photographed in the winter, a look at the affects of weather and light and more besides.
In this article we are exploring opportunities for photography without needing to go out into the cold, and although most of the items covered here could be done at any time of the year, in the winter months these may become more appealing.
You don't need a lot, a flash and a reflector or a couple of flash units gets you started. From there you can add more over time, lighting stands, backgrounds and more flash lights.
Using lights, flash and reflectors or a light cube you can allow your creative juices to flow.
One of the challenges in photography is to photograph food really well. In some ways similar to still life, but you have to be able to work faster. Tricks include using olive oil to get a glaze or shine and in some cases using alternative items to get the effect you like. There are a number of ways to get steam including real steam, dry ice and using a garden mist maker. Alternatively photograph steam against a black background and add it in Photoshop later.
Not images that you normally want to keep, but practical experiments so that you can see the results you get. For example photographing a line of dominoes with different apertures and focus points, or experimenting with while balance settings. Or how about a series of photos at different ISO's to see what, if any, noise you can see.
Converting Old Film/Slide Stock
Do you have loads of prints, or negatives, then consider over the winter trying to convert many of these to digital. You could re-photograph the prints or slides, or us a scanner, both have advantages in some cases.
Index the Photos You Have
As you take more photographs identifying where the one is that you want becomes an increasingly difficult task, the job of indexing them also becomes ever larger the longer it is left. Indexing effectively is one of the most difficult areas in photography.
If you computer or hard drive failed, would you have lost a large number of valuable photos. Do you have them backed up, at enough levels to have the confidence that you could recover them all. We have some articles in development on this whole area.
Getting some of your work seen:-
Working with other photographers
Researching and Planning for Your Year Ahead
Perhaps looking through our location guides, perhaps looking elsewhere, and making a list of the must photograph places and events for the year ahead.