Winter converts the land into a frozen wonderland, preserving miniature details of the macro world into tiny crystallized sculptures. So before you write off going out in the cold, have a look for some hidden photogenic gems; you may not have to go further than your own back garden.
To get the most out of a tiny subject we need to shoot with a macro lens, allowing us to focus exceptionally close up. It’s great for photographing in frost and ice, as when we get in that close, we see all of the detailed textures and patterns frozen in place.
As a starting point, gather some strong, natural, wintry colours, such as our red berries, from a cold, frosty environment. And if it’s not quite cold enough outside, you can always pop your berries in the freezer…
1. Use a lens hood – and make sure it’s mounted properly
Lens hoods are one of the simplest and most useful lens accessories, but they’re often forgotten about. They help to ensure that extraneous light in the scene does not creep into the image and affect contrast and saturation, and so they’re particularly useful in landscape photography.
Whenever you use a lens hood you should make sure of two things. The first is that you’re using the correct hood; these are designed for specific lenses so that they are most effective at blocking light for the particular focal length(s) of a lens, but it’s easy to mistake one for another if you have more than one and they have the same diameter.
Using the wrong hood could lead to vignetting in your image, so get into the habit of reverse mounting your hood on your lens (if possible) to make sure it always stays on the right lens.