Tips On Photographing Mountains
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Photographing Mountains In Winter - Enjoy the fresh, crisp air that winter has to offer and head out to shoot some mountainscapes.
The cool, clean air of winter is good for capturing mountainscapes as everything seems much more clear with distant subjects appearing crisp. However, snow, ice and cold plus a mountain equals conditions you have to be extremely careful in. Make sure you dress correctly, have a route planned, carry the right equipment (map, compass, phone etc.) and tell someone where you're going.
You'll find both a wide-angle and longer lens useful so make room for both in your camera bag and don't forget your tripod or monopod as a support is a must. A polarising filter will cut down on glare / reflections while an ND Grad filter will balance out the contrast between the sky and ground.
For shots that give the mountain(s) more depth compose your shoots from a spot where you can make the most of their size from. Don't forget that foreground interest such as the mountain's ridge help give your image scale and can be used to lead the eye through the shot.
For shots with foreground and background interest where front to back sharpness is needed you'll need to use smaller apertures which can mean longer exposure times are needed so make sure you have your tripod or monopod with you.
Don't forget about panoramas as they work particularly well for shots of mountain ranges. It won't give you shots that really show off the mountain's height but it will emphasis how far the landscape stretches out in to the distance for. For tips on panoramas, have a look at our previous articles.