Winter Photography: Snow on the Ground …

 
It’s that time of year again. Snow is on the ground so let’s bring on a spot of winter photography!

I’ll freely admit, usually I’ll head on out to take photos in the snow full of excitement and then when I get back home and start editing I’ll quickly realise that taking a good photograph of (and in) the snow is not easy! White balance is usually all over the place, your fingers are not likely to thaw out for a week as you try to tap away on your keyboard and the beauty you saw through the viewfinder somehow isn’t coming across …

This is where I’ll hold my hands up and admit that Photoshop is my dearest friend. I can’t help it. I find snow a bit boring on the screen, but with a dash or two of a Photoshop action I can spruce my pics up to look a tad more romantic than they were when they came out of the camera.

There, the secret is out! But I suppose a little like I’m convinced that I look better with a bit of make-up on, I also think I can make my winter photos a little more enticing with Adobe’s cosmetic touch-ups ;)

Still, it doesn’t detract from the fact that snow is indeed very beautiful, and although I’ve been known to swear and curse at it at times it does grace the landscape around our Lincolnshire home very well.

Here are a few photos I captured yesterday, and with a deluge of the white stuff forecast tomorrow I’m suspecting this will not be the last of my winter photography pieces!

Enjoy, and please feel free to share your photo tips in the comments below …

Lincolnshire

snow photography

winter in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire snow

Lincolnshire winter

There’s no two ways about it, we are very blessed to be living in a wonderfully rural part of the country that shows off natures white wonder to greatest effect. I recall slushy town roads all too well. Here we have a few monumental tractors ploughing up and down the lanes to quickly disperse any snow.

I’m wondering if I’ll be quite so keen to get my camera out if the current cold snap continues. I suspect my endeavours may be directed towards making pan loads of veggie soup and tanking up the wood burner. Who knows … Let’s make the most of it while we can and perhaps drink a toast or two to Jack Frost while we secretly long for a few spring buds to appear … maybe!

Until the next time … keep warm!

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Photography: Instagram Tips and Tricks

 

When it comes to ‘photography on the go’ teamed with split-second sharing there are few applications better than Instagram.

When I first laid hands on my iPhone 4 I went crazy – no, that would be an understatement – I went beserk with associated flashing lights and tooting horns for Instagram.

Not only did I lose hours taking and posting shots, I also went a little overboard with photo-editing apps. To date I have five folders worth of them … Do you think that’s enough? No, me neither … (I’ll be covering my favourite photo apps in a later post)


So what makes Instagram so addictive?

As I’ve already mentioned for me it’s the immediacy of it. But also I love the total lack of snobbery that you can get with some photo-sharing sites. You don’t get (or at least I haven’t seen) deflating comments such as “you had your shutter speed set too fast on that one”. Quite simply, in my Debsy book of photography law, it goes against the spirit of Instagram if you post images taken on a DSLR, upload and then post them; it’s for smartphones!

So … for anyone who’s new to Instagram here are a few pointers:

Instagram tips and tricks

  • Try and ensure your image is in focus; zoom in and check the clarity.
  • Use the move and scale to good effect … Nudging your image up or down, can have a dramatic effect on the finished result as does zooming in to crop down.
  • Play around with the filters; you’ll be surprised how different your photos can look.
  • ‘Like’ and comment on other users images … But be polite!
  • Use hashtags so that people can find your photos if they don’t follow you … i.e. #sunset #landscape #Devon
  • Look at the ‘popular’ page for inspiration
  • Don’t assume because you aren’t stood in front of an amazing vista that you can’t take an interesting image; some of my favourite shots were of flowers (see the pair of pink blooms above, taken in my aunt’s kitchen in the midst of it being decorated).
  • Have fun!

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(All images featured were posted by me @debsylee on Instagram)