How to Take Landscape Photography in Winter Light

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  • Polarising filter: this will take the edge off particularly bright days, which is really useful if you’re photographing bright skies, snow or water
  • Neutral Density (ND) Graduated: If you just want the edge taking off the sky, then a ‘grad’ is perfect and creates no hard horizon line
  • ND filters are available in a number of ‘stops’ (how dark they are) and are great for long exposures

Having a remote shutter is useful for long exposures. If you don’t have one then you can try using the camera’s timer instead so that you don’t have to touch the camera and cause unwanted shake in the image.

How to Improve Winter Light With Post-Processing

It’s all well and good saying “take photographs when there’s great light,” but quite often that’s just not possible. Many winter days are flat, drab and grey, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t go and photograph anyway. In this section I’ll show you how you can create an interesting black and white image, and pull out some contrast from a flatly-lit photo using the Nik Collection in Adobe Photoshop.

The Lake District Marie Gardiner

The Lake District [Marie Gardiner]

This picture of the Lake District was taken on an overcast winter day and this is it straight out of the camera. The light is very flat, which makes the image a bit dull and lifeless, but it also means it’s well exposed. There aren’t any extremes across the tones.

Raw Adjustments

I always shoot RAW (Nikon NEF, Canon CRW, Sony ARW, and other raw image file formats) so the first step is to make some adjustments in Adobe Bridge.

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