Winter Photography Basics - Video Course

Improve Your Winter Photography

Winter photography can be one of the most rewarding types of photography out there. Crisp clear skies, perfect powdery snow, quiet and calm scenes or moody and stormy scenarios that only the heartiest of photographers get to experience. 

It can be one of the most magical seasons to photograph but as any winter photographer will tell you, it can also be one of the most frustrating seasons too. If you've found yourself mesmerized by the magic of winter but unable to translate what you see to a well-composed image, you're not alone. 

Long ago when we were getting started in winter photography, we scoured the internet for winter-specific courses to help us improve our skills but were left with nothing. Now, after nearly a decade of learning and putting our winter photography skills to practice, we've created the course we had wished for all those years ago. 

Winter photography poses its own set of challenges and if you're just starting out, you may be left wondering how in the world you're going to capture an image that does justice to the beauty you see with the naked eye. Perhaps the snow isn't as brilliant as you'd like. Or maybe your images are always overexposed. Perhaps you have trouble focusing or creating a captivating composition. 

The good news is, you're not alone!

As winter photography junkies, we see a lot of winter images that have great potential but just miss the mark slightly which is why we've created this winter photography course to help kickstart your winter photography. Follow along as Carl shares with you the "what you need to know" tips for taking control of your camera, shooting full manual and capturing killer winter images.

What has taken him years of trial and error, with tips gathers by working alongside renowned winter photographers, you can learn in just a few hours.

What you'll learn:

How to dress properly for winter photography
Winter weather is no joke. The first rule of taking great winter images is to first make sure you take care of yourself first. Trust us, you can't take a good photo if you're worried about staying warm. We cover everything from which baselayer to choose to what accessories you might need to help keep you warm. 

What equipment you'll need
It's true that the gear certainly doesn't make the photographer but having a good understanding of the gear you might need will help you get off to a great start. We walk you through our go-to packing lists so when inspiration strikes, you can be out the door with all your equipment in no time. 

How to create a killer composition
Too many winter images rely on a beautiful scene to carry the image, however, the basic rules of composition still apply, even when the world is covered in a blanket of snow. If you've been struggling to create images that showcase a subject or feature leading lines, you'll love this lesson!

How to control and optimize your shutter speed (freeze and show motion)
Manipulating your shutter speed can create unique effects and atmosphere in your photo that could never be replicated in photoshop. We walk you through how to freeze and show motion to help give your photography an edge. 

What is aperture and how do you choose the settings
Aperture is another powerful but often misunderstood component of shooting manual. A slight adjustment of your aperture can completely change the dynamic of your image. We help you tell the difference between aperture and show you how to quickly adjust the setting to enhance the depth of field in the image.

What is ISO 
In this lesson, we walk you through the last major component of shooting manually. ISO is an important setting for low light situations and understanding it's use and limitations will help you create better winter images. 

How to set the focus on your camera 
If you've ever been frustrated with an out of focus image, you're not alone! Practically every photographer struggles with focus at one point. We help you understand the difference between manual and autofocus and how to choose the best focus for your scene.

Putting it all together and shooting Full Manual 
Taking control of all the settings is the fun of photography. We will cover when to adjust which setting and how to create a good exposure, all during an exciting action shoot. 

Editing your winter images in Lightroom 
The final part of being a photographer, we will cover some simple tips to start editing your winter images.

Why should you choose this course?

  • At Vallerret, we live and breathe winter photography and come to realize that winter photography is often misunderstood. We take nearly a decade worth of knowledge and condense it into concise and easily digestible lessons to help fast track your winter photography. 
  • This course provides you with guided learning so you can complete the lessons on your own time
  • We give you all of our tips as well as lots of cheat sheets, field examples, and exercises for you to help reinforce what you've learned in the lessons. 
  • By the end of this course, we promise you'll feel more confident in your winter photography and will be well on your way to creating winter images that take your breath away!  


1% for the planet

1% of all Vallerret sales go directly to environmental non-profit organizations who work hard to create a healthy and vibrant future for our planet. You can read more about our sustainability initiatives here


Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Great Products!!!

Warm hands every time

Had my Vallerret gloves for Christmas but finally got to test them on a recent visit to Krakow in Poland. Temperature down to -2. My hands were always warm in my new gloves and the flip back fingers and thumbs make it so easy to operate my D850 without getting cold hands. Excellent product.

Fun and informative

It is a good start if you want to improve your photography! Also Carl is a fun guy to listen to and I really got some tips to improve. The full manual shoot was pretty cool to, lots of tips and tricks in it!


Think they are great, nice fit, warm, will made. Swift delivery.

Good stuff

I enjoyed going through the course. There was a lot of useful information from clothes layering to way more. The photography info was really well done and the composition ideas very useful.

I liked that it was short and yet complete.

I will refer back often.

I should say that I’m relatively new to photography and living in Denver gives me a lot of chances to work in the cold.

Help With Sizing


  1. Measure around the widest part of your hand with a relaxed open palm.
  2. Measure from base of hand to the tip of the middle finger.

PEASE NOTE:  We design our gloves to be snug for best camera feel possible. This sizing chart reflects snuggly fitted gloves.

    Unisex Size Guide XS S M L XL XXL
    Hand Girth cm  18 - 20  20 - 21 21 - 22 22 - 23 23 - 25 25-28
    inch  7.1 - 7.9   7.9 - 8.3  8.3 - 8.7 8.7 - 9.1 9.1 - 9.8 9.8-11.0
    Hand Length cm  16.0 - 17.5  17.5 - 18.5 18.0 - 19.0 19.0 - 20.0 20.5 - 22.0 22-24.0
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.2 7.1 - 7.5 7.5 - 7.9 8.1 - 8.7 8.7-9.4
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 7.5  EU 8 EU 8.5 EU 9 EU 10 EU 11
     Unisex Glove Models: Markhof Pro 2.0 | Skadi Zipper Mitt | Ipsoot | Alta Over-Mitt | Merino Liner Touch | Primaloft/Merino Liner | Urbex | Powerstretch Pro Liners
    Female Size Guide* XS S M L XL
    Hand Girth cm 16.0 - 17.5 17.5 - 18.8 18.5 - 20.0 20.0 - 21.5 -
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.4 7.2 - 7.9 7.9 - 8.5 -
    Hand Length cm 15.5 - 16.5 16.3 - 17.2  17.0 - 18.5 19.0 - 20.0 -
    inch  6.1 - 6.5 6.4 - 6.8 6.7 - 7.3 7.5 - 7.9 -
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 6  EU 7 EU 8 EU 9 -
    *This size guide is specific only to W's Nordic Photography Glove


    Please note, our gloves are designed to fit snuggly to give you the best camera feel without compromising on warmth. If you prefer a looser fit, please consider to go a size up.

    As we learn more and more about gloves we also learn that all hands are different. Some people have long skinny fingers and slim wrists, others have wide hands with short fingers.

    Our gloves wont fit all even with the right measurements from the sizing chart – but we try!


    What size should I get if I'm between sizes?

    For many, the best option will be to go up a size if your measurements are in between sizes.

    If you are between sizes or if your hands do not fit into the measurements on our sizing chart, we recommend prioritizing the fit for the girth measurement. The girth is the most important measurement and if the girth size on the glove is too small, you won't be able to fit the glove.


    Should I size up for my liner glove?

    If you’re considering pairing a liner glove with your photography gloves, we recommend choosing the same size liner as photography glove. We designed our liners to be thin and fit inside of our photography gloves so we recommend your normal size in liners. There are two exceptions to this:

    Exception #1: If you are at the very end of the ratio size in the sizing chart, e.g. 1 mm from being a size Large, then we advise going up a glove size if you plan to often wear the liner with the gloves. 

    Exception #2: If your personal preference is to wear fairly loose gloves, then you should also go up a size when adding a liner. We don't recommend this as you will compromise dexterity with loose gloves and our priority is best possible camera feel. But you know best what you like!

    House tip: Make sure to choose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.