Don’t let your photography skills hibernate this season. Fall is the unofficial “photographer’s favorite season” and spring gets all the love for being lucrative but winter has way more benefits than you might expect. Check out these 10 reasons why you should be getting geared up more than ever for winter.
The days may be short but the sun’s low aspect means beautiful light all day long. This is a huge benefit for natural light portrait photographers, wildlife photographers, and cityscape photographers. Put the sun behind you for golden light on your subject or shoot directly into dramatic skies.
Long nights during the cold winter months provides a greater chance of fog or mist at dawn. Wake up early to catch the ethereal landscape shot.
Long Lenses for a Cause
Animals and birds are hungry in the winter. It is not recommended that you try and get any closer to them than you have to because scaring them just stresses them out further in their food hunt. This is a great excuse to get familiar with super telephoto length lenses.
Cold weather can be a goldmine for street photographers. Everyone is paying more attention to the elements than to you, rendering more opportunities for natural candids.
Scenes Get a Clearcutting
Trees lose their majesty in winter but bare branches means better visibility of buildings. With dominating foliage out of the way, winter is a great time to capture architecture with a more documentary approach.
In the winter, the sun stays closer to the horizon which provides a better opportunity for sun to beam through windows for most of the day and penetrate deeper into rooms (of course, depending on which direction the home is facing). This can be a boon to interior photographers who want to rely on natural light.
Easier Water Shooting
Overcast days are ideal for photographing waterfalls, rivers, and streams. The soft, even light won’t wipe out detail in the water and the overall darker conditions make it more likely that you’ll be able to slow your shutter speed down for silky water effects without having to depend as much on ND filters.
Public areas clear out during the winter. Enjoy being the only photographer, if not the only person, outside. This is a great opportunity to take scenery shots for future composites without having to wait on people to clear the area. It is also a good time to take portraits without having to fight other shooters for the good spots.
People Spend More
Months leading up to the holidays is a great time to make money from your photography. If you’re shy about charging for your work, there is really no better time to start practicing than in the fall and winter. Most people are looking for prints as Christmas gifts and winter weddings usually cost less overall, which frees up the couples’ budgets for photography. All of of this means you can experiment with pricing and grow your confidence by spring.
New Gear Releases
There is an influx of new cameras and lenses that get released at the end of the year. Decide if you need an upgrade by renting something new or shop for used gear at a competitive price as everyone sheds their old stuff at once. Remember to always check serial numbers before buying used equipment. Peruse our second-hand inventory here.
Last modified: July 7, 2021