Photographer Konrad Bak gives tips for perfect in winter

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January and February are the months when the Poles like to hang out with their families for winter holidays. Those who remain at home often go for walks or make small weekend trips. This is a perfect time to take amazing photos, too. The expert and one of the most productive photographers from stock photos Fotolia, the Polish Konrad Bąk, talks about the details that need attention when you're shooting in winter environments.

Specific weather conditions as the weaker sunlight, snow or low temperatures will definitely affect the quality of photos. These factors also have an impact on the preparations for the photo shoot. How can we take pictures of skiing full of life or prepare to capture extensive tranquil landscapes?

The Equipment

foto-invernoThe equipment to take pictures of winter, in General, is not very different from that used during the warmer seasons. If you take photos in a sunny day, We can of course use a reflector to brighten the shadows and dark tougher of the objects and models photographed. If we want professional photos, We can use large field lamps that illuminate significantly larger areas of frame, but we can also achieve good results with ordinary lights dedicated reporting. In this case, If we use the automatic clock, We can add light to the object from anywhere and distance. It is worth remembering, However, the equipment of renowned manufacturers will guarantee an operation free from defects and greater functionality in different temperatures, Unlike equipment imported from Asia.

"If we're taking pictures with a lot of snow, vale muito à pena utilizar algum tipo de case de protection para a câmera, and you can also buy these accessories for the more expensive flashes. They will also protect your equipment in case of light rain. In General, However, I would take pictures if it's snowing a lot. We have to remember that the snow, When it melts in the air vents of the flashes, can wet the inner part, damaging the functioning of circuits. Drops of melted snow on the lenses can be problematic too – Can prevent them using a lens hood style "Tulip", that is particularly effective for telephoto lenses,"says Konrad Bąk.

Appropriate Settings

roupas-invernoWhen we take pictures in which everything around is white we must remember to set the white balance for that snow has a proper hue. This excludes specific conditions like the dawn and the sunset. The coloring of the snow in the shadows must be geared towards slightly cooler colors, as the shades of blue. This is important because the skin of the people photographed will appear lighter and natural pink. If, On the other hand, We take pictures against the Sun, It is important to add light on the face of the model with a front flash. The proportions must be maintained so that the intensity of the flash stay balanced with strong sunlight that comes from behind. If we can make it right, the sky in the pictures will have a beautiful blue color. A similar effect (the color of the sky and the sharpness of the clouds) pode ser alcançado using um filtro polarizador. In case of more drastic contrasts between the top and bottom of the picture, Gray gradient filters can be useful. Interesting effects can also be obtained using a warm color or gradation which add a slight red-orange tint to the photo.

Static vs photos. Pictures in motion

We should pay attention while photographed a beautiful mountain landscape, or people playing in the snow? If we have passion for photographing mountains, definitely the most dramatic images can be obtained during the sunrise and the sunset. However, We have to keep in mind that, in winter, the time of sunset and related lighting conditions last for a lot less than in summer. Still, visions like clouds passing through the rocky peaks or frequent mist in the valleys of the mountains bring fantastic scenarios for photographs of trips to foto-nevemountains. However, "sporting" get better photos with Sun. If we want to capture our partner skiing, or our children on sleds, then the shutter time will be the most important – the sooner the better. Dependendo da speed do objeto em movimento, best would be 1/500s or less. A good way to blur the background with the motion blur is to synchronize the movement of the lens with the object. Like this, with fillings like 1/80 seconds, We have a dynamic background blur as maintaining an acceptable sharpness in the object photographed. Keep in mind that pictures of people, particularly portraits, must be taken with longer focal lenses, 50 mm upwards. If we want to capture details, as ice crystals and flower petals, telephoto lenses are perfect. Winter landscapes, However, will be much better if shot with wide angle lenses. Se usarmos câmeras menos avançadas em termos de preço e technology, We should not be afraid to use manual settings. Experiencing a little we can get really interesting effects!

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