Getting Bright & Airy Images In Winter

If there is one thing that all content creators can agree on, it's that when comes to the colder months trying to photograph anything is an absolute nightmare. Bright and airy images are totally my thing, so I still want to maintain that aesthetic throughout the year and here are the best ways I've found to still achieve that look even when it's absolutely miserable outside. 

CLOUDS CAN BE YOUR FRIEND

Something that I learnt at university is that a blanket of light grey cloud is actually much better to photograph in opposed to bright sunshine. The clouds act almost like a giant soft box so they provide a blanket of even lighting whereas blinding sunlight can throw harsh shadows everywhere which isn't ideal.  They also give a more natural cast instead of giving your images a super warm tinge which personally isn't something I like in my photographs. I know so many people hate the sight of the clouds but they really can work in your favour. 

LOOK AT YOUR SURROUNDINGS

If you are creating a little makeshift still life area to photograph in, the best thing to do to achieve the brightest image that you possibly can is to scout out the best location. I always try and photograph in the brightest area I can find which weirdly enough is always the bathroom. If you don't have any light spaces you can make one with trusty white bed linen. Try to steer clear of any dark shadows or walls as they project a dark cast over your images. 

INVEST IN A TRIPOD AND REMOTE

For years, I used to hate photographing on a tripod with a remote as I found it really restrictive. However, if you still want to use a low ISO then a tripod and remote are your new best friends. It's by far the easiest way to achieve bright, sharp and crisp images even on the dullest of days. 

USE DAYLIGHT BULBS IF YOU HAVE TO

I've spoken before about my dislike for artificial light but for some people it's incredibly helpful. If you do find yourself in need for external lighting then using daylight or cooler bulbs is a great way to recreate a more natural lighting set up. Normal bulbs throw off a horrible yellow/orange cast which can be hard to correct even during the editing process. 

CHASE THE LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPH IN BULK

Of course, this isn't something that is plausible all the time, but if you've got a day you can dedicate to your images, then try to make it work to your advantage. I always look at the weather forecast and if it's going to be a dire day then I'll photograph in the morning as that is usually when there is the most amount of light, any time past then is pretty dire. If it does happen to be a good day then make the most of it by photographing in bulk, as you will be able to relax for a little while afterwards and you will have consistent light throughout your images. 


Do you have any tips for photographing in winter?

R x

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