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February, braving winter weather

Dear Friends,

Winter is upon us, and our first major snow storm is approaching the north east. It's been a few years since we've had a big snow fall, and we're all excited about capturing the event. Photographing during a storm is a great way to get a mood, a feeling, a story in your image. See the right column for tips on how to get a great shot. 

If you take some photos that you would like to share with us, please post them to our Art of Intuitive Photography Facebook page. Click here to post.

Valentines Day is also quickly approaching and our Valentines Promotion is still going strong: book a 1 hr private lesson for 2 people at 20% off. Promo ends February 13th. Please use code Val20 when purchasing. If you would like to give gift certificates of our group classes, please email me directly.

I look forward to seeing your photos!

Best,

Mindy

NYC Blizzard, 2010

Art of Intuitive Photography: Tips for shooting in winter snow storms

Snow storms, or storms of any form for that matter, make for great photographs. Most people would rather be indoors in the comfort of their home. I don't blame them. But when out, you become part of the elements, and you start connecting with it. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way:
  • Be open to the experience. If you have an open mind, you will trust where to go and what to shoot. If you are complaining the whole time, your photos will reflect that.
  • Predict an outcome. Many times when shooting (either in a storm or  during any other time) take a moment and really view your surroundings. Perhaps you will see a snow drift that is about to fall (just like you may see an interesting person approaching when doing Street Photography). The point is, view, predict, and station yourself in a location that will best suit a photo when the moment arises.
  • If you shoot at night, the key is to find sources of light to help illuminate the drama of the storm. Find car headlights or street lamps to give more contrast to the elements.
  • I cannot repeat this often enough so here I go again: move, move, move! Get low on the ground, get in the middle of the street. Good photos come about when you allow yourself to shoot from different perspectives and angles.
  • Make sure you are dressed properly and your gear is protected. It is difficult to brave the elements, but it makes it so much harder if your fingers are frozen or you are drenched with a chill to the bone. Take care of yourself so you can really enjoy the moment (and yes, that is possible!). Use a water proof bag or case to protect your camera. You can also wrap your camera in a plastic bag and secure it with rubber bands.
  • Have fun! Really, you can. Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to go out in a storm and your mother told you not to? Now's your chance! Go out and let your inner child come out.
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