Tips for Photographing Winter Fun

February 4, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As many of you know, we moved from an hour north of New York City down to just outside of Charlotte, N.C.  It has taken some adjusting, but the biggest adjustment came about two weeks ago when we had our first snow storm of the season, and when I say storm I’m referring to two inches of a wintry mix.  The entire area shut down and Riley was out of school three days and the storm happened on a Friday!  I was beyond baffled, but I was able to catch some gorgeous photos of the girls enjoying the snow.  I learned a thing or two in the process so here’s my Tips for Photographing Winter Fun.

Tips for Photographing Winter Fun

Be prepared for the wintry conditions.  It doesn’t make sense to head outside with a ginormous lens and a camera that won’t be able to focus on the kids enjoying the snow.  You also don’t want to just rely on your phone to catch a smile like this one as she throws the snow above her head.

Make sure that you are dressed for the elements.  It might now have been a foot of snow like I was used to in NY, but it was still cold out.  Standing outside without a hat or gloves on was just not smart and I certainly didn’t last long outside that time.

Use a camera that captures video as well as photos.  I used our Panasonic LUMIX G7, which if you remember from my Tips for Photographing Busy Kids, gives you the ability to shoot in 4K mode or a video mode and then you can take photographs from those frames within the video.  The photo below was shot in 4k photo mode while my husband and youngest went sledding down an unplowed street in our neighborhood.  It was a sheet of ice and they went flying past, but with the LUMIX 4K Cameras you’re able to catch the smiles on their faces.

I love the fact that I have a video of Avery’s first time sledding as well as a gorgeous photo of the experience.  The information on G7 shows how fabulous the technology is when it comes to capturing those first time moments.


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