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Winter Photography Tips

Winter can be a very beautiful time of the year, especially if you live in a region that gets plenty of snow. We all know how children love the snow - there are endless possibilities for having fun and cold weather is usually not enough to stop them from enjoying it. On one hand, winter poses a beautiful time of the year for photography, particularly landscapes and portraits, and can be equally refreshing for wildlife photographers. On the other hand, it creates certain problems that are hard to figure out for beginner photographers, let alone their cameras. In this article, I will give you tips on how to photograph in winter and end up with well exposed, beautiful color images. I will also provide you with suggestions on when to go out to photograph and how to use snow to your advantage

1) Plan Your Day

First and foremost, remember - days are much shorter during the winter. Sunrise is late, and sunset is early, so you only have a few hours of potentially beautiful light to capture those photographs, be it landscapes or portraits. I know from experience how engaging landscape photography can be during winter and those hours just fly by. Plan your day carefully - remember that you will need to revise your location no matter what you choose to photograph, so you'd better get there before the time of the day that you find most suitable. No less important is your safety. I've suffered from cold weather myself having stayed still in one place for too long. Bring some hot tea along with you, and some food, even if it's just a sandwich. Dress warmly - it is better to be hot than cold. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged - cold eats up those batteries very quickly. The same goes for your camera, bring at least one spare battery and keep it somewhere warm and close to your body.

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Lifestyle Photography Tips - True Lifestyle Photography and How to Get the Most Out of Your Session

Lifestyle Photography Tips - True Lifestyle Photography and How to Get the Most Out of Your Session

According to Wikipedia lifestyle photography is "a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday." Photographers every day are advertising sessions as lifestyle photography, but in reality, are totally missing the mark.

I'm going to come at this from the point of family and couples photography. I am not well versed in the fashion point of lifestyle photography at the moment, so we'll save that for a later date.

Day after day I see photos of couples sitting in a park laughing and a photographer will tag it as "lifestyle." Is that really lifestyle? It's a moment but it's not a real life event. On any given day are you going to walk through this park and see them sitting there? Probably not and frankly, it's probably a park they've never been to before. Is the couple or family participating in something they would typically do?

Below is a typical photo that some would label lifestyle photography, but it's not. They're having fun, joking around and laughing, but they're not doing something they typically do. I caught a moment, I didn't catch a "lifestyle session." Little do you know they're right in front of a giant construction site that had this tent housing all their construction equipment. Do they hang out in front of construction sites on typical days? Nope. It was a location I drove by and they trusted my vision.

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Photography Composition Tips - 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)

In photography, it’s not just what you shoot that counts – the way that you shoot it is crucial, too. Poor photo composition can make a fantastic subject dull, but a well-set scene can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations. With that in mind, we’ve picked our top 10 photo composition ‘rules’ to show you how to transform your images, as well as offered some of our best photography tips from the experts who do it on a daily basis.

Don’t feel that you’ve got to remember every one of these laws and apply them to each photo you take. Instead, spend a little time practising each one in turn and they’ll become second nature. You’ll soon learn to spot situations where the different rules can be applied to best effect.

Photo composition doesn’t have to be complicated. There are all sorts of theories about the ‘Rule of Thirds’ and more complex ‘Golden Mean’, for example. But if you pay too much attention to strict formulae, your photos will lose any kind of spontaneity.

In the real world, you’ll be working with a wide range of subjects and scenes, and this requires a more open-minded approach. What works for one photo won’t necessarily work for another.

The key thing is to understand how all the decisions you make about composition can affect the way a shot looks and how people perceive your photos. The way you frame a shot, choose a focal length or position a person can make all the difference (check out our Photography Cheat Sheet series for quick fixes to some of these problems).

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