Do you want to take amazing photos this winter but aren’t sure how? Discover our top tips for taking some truly incredible winter photography. Featured photo by @raymondhoffmann.

There’s something magical about winter. Images of snow-covered landscapes possess a quality that’s especially beautiful, but you don’t have to be surrounded by Narnian-like views to achieve the same effect. It's the little things that make this season especially unique. Stunning frozen lakes; swirling snowfall; even icing of frost across a field — these moments couldn’t be captured at any other time other than winter.

Winter is a photographer’s dream. With so much seasonal beauty, any enthusiast, whether a burgeoning shutterbug or seasoned photographer, can fall victim to its charms. But for those of us who aren’t the most experienced, how can we make sure we take the best winter photography?

We love sharing photography pointers with you here at ViewBug, so we’ve put together a little guide to help you make the most out of nature’s most consistent photo-op. Here are our top tips for taking incredible photos this winter.

Choose Your Moment Carefully

While it may be tempting to try to catch that blizzard or snowstorm, it might not be the best idea. If a snowstorm is too intense, you may not be able to see anything, and it could even be dangerous. It’s not always the most dramatic moments that are the most beautiful, and by waiting until afterward, you’ll be able to spend much more time setting up the perfect picture. While spontaneity is often key to capturing the perfect shot, preparation can pay dividends.

Capture Some Winter Wildlife

Nature photography can be stunning in its own way, but when combined with the magic of winter, it can create an effect that’s difficult to replicate in any other season. Whether it’s a fox running through the snow or ducks waddling across a frozen bank, winter gives us the opportunity to capture animals in environments that appear new and different. You might even capture animals in environments they’re not usually seen in. As with all nature photography, you have to be patient, but when the right shot comes your way, you’ll be able to capture it in all its glory.

Look at Your Lighting

The levels of light during winter are not exactly the most predictable. There’s no telling when a cluster of clouds will blow in and suddenly extinguish what natural light you had. It’s also important to bear in mind that the days are shorter and waiting too long could result in losing natural light completely. When taking winter photography, you may need to adjust your camera settings accordingly. Consider using a larger aperture to allow more light to enter the lens, or slow down the shutter speed. These small adjustments can make a big difference in the quality of your photos.

Try Something Different

If you want to take truly incredible winter photography, try to move away from what has already been done in the past. We’re not saying you have to come up with a completely unique setting or type of landscape — as that’s difficult, if not impossible, to do — but add your own twist on what’s already out there. Photography is all about how you see life through your unique lens, so don’t be afraid to showcase that. If you want to get involved in a photo contest, uniqueness is one of the key traits that will help you to win.

Keep Yourself and Your Equipment Protected from the Elements

This is a practical tip, but it’s vital. It goes without saying that you won’t be able to take great pictures if you’re freezing! Wear plenty of layers to keep you warm and wear thick gloves that still give you some room to maneuver. Fingerless gloves might be a good option if you don’t plan to be outside for too long. As for your camera and equipment, use a sealable bag to stop moisture from getting inside and ruining your camera equipment. Finally, always carry some spare batteries in case the cold weather stops yours from working.

Now you know our tips for taking the best winter photos, get out there and start taking pictures! Join our community members at ViewBug and share your winter photography — if you enter it into a photo contest, you could win some great prizes!