Even before the advent of digital photography, taking pictures has been a cornerstone of the American vacation. Nowadays, joyous occasions, intimate moments, and unforgettable landscapes are documented more than ever, thanks to smartphones and affordable digital cameras. Long gone is the era of hoping you got the right shot and sending your film off for development, only to find out your thumb was obstructing the lens on half the roll—unless you’re old school. Now, just because taking pictures has seemingly become second nature to some—especially millennials—doesn’t mean we all can’t learn a thing or two that will improve our skill. Furthermore, winter photography can be a little tricky considering how bright environments caused by snow can affect imagery—not to mention the effects cold temperatures can have on your equipment! As such, we at Woodloch Resort would like to share five photography tips for your next winter getaway.
The Poconos Mountains: A Winter Photography Paradise
Some vacationers don’t bother with winter photography because they previously haven’t had tremendous success. One of the most overlooked aspects of taking photos during winter is that the surrounding landscapes take on a new persona when covered in a layer of Poconos snow, often creating surreal, almost magical images. Winter is also a season that makes photography challenging because of an abundance of white light and grey skies. But if you’re willing to work for it, the moments you capture during the coldest, whitest time of the year maybe some of your finest. Without further ado, here are five tips for winter photography.
5 Winter Photography Tips from Woodloch Resort
- Having extra batteries is crucial in cold weather because lower temperatures can drain them dramatically, mainly if you’re using your screen to shoot instead of your viewfinder. You’ll be taking a lot of photos with so many things to do in the Poconos, so be sure to have enough power!
- Being careful of where you walk and getting an idea of the perspective you want will go a long way in creating surreal imagery without a bunch of tracks and footprints to detract from the main focus like a unique snow-covered tree or a group of friends.
- Each hour is an opportunity to take a magnificent photo. Sure, the “golden hour” is an excellent time to shoot, but don’t limit yourself and get creative! Exploring your surroundings is the best way to find out how you can think outside the box.
- Use a cold white balance before you edit your photos to bring your pictures to life. By utilizing a cold color format, shadows will pop, and snow will appear more vivid.
- Getting out even when the weather is “bad” is the best way to capture unique photos. Snowstorms and blizzards may present quite the challenge, but imagine the fantastic pictures they can create!
Poconos Family Resort in Pennsylvania
The best part about winter photography in the Pocono Mountains is that you don’t have to be a pro to collect captivating images. From snow-covered mountains to family fun, there’s no shortage of memories you’ll want to capture, so we hope our tips will help! In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us or visit our website to learn more about our various accommodation options and on-site amenities. You may make reservations by clicking the book now link on the top right of our website.