Winter Photography Basics - Video Course

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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!  


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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