Top 10 Winter Photography Ideas

The Twilight peaks, near Durango Colorado, after our first dusting of snow.  November 2012. ©Kit Frost

The Twilight peaks, near Durango Colorado, after our first dusting of snow. November 2012. ©Kit Frost

Snow was in the forecast this past weekend here in Southern Colorado.  It didn’t snow but instead was very cold, below zero. So I spent lots of time indoors. I cleaned the studio, listened to a podcast about time-lapse photography, edited my January shoot from Capitol Reef, printed some images from Nepal, watched a few episodes of Foyles War, on Netflix, played with my favorite 2 year old, organized my maps and began reading about the Pacific Northwest and the California Redwoods.  I love to plan the next adventure, even if I don’t know the dates yet.  I also posted a map of the Redwood National Park on my wall and one of the Northwest too.  At home I pinned up a map of the Annapurna Range in Nepal, planning for 2014.  Wow, what a fun weekend.

And, of course, if it snows, let’s get out and play.  With or without the camera!

Here are a few suggestions for things to do in the “shoulder season”:

  1. Send your camera in for sensor cleaning. Or clean it yourself using Sensor Swabs.
  2. Organize your image library, delete photos that really don’t hold up to scrutiny.
  3. Prepare a slideshow of the top 50 images of 2012, backup those files, invite friends to a show at your house, serve popcorn and beverages.
  4. Print your top 5 images, in house or using your favorite online service.
    I like Aspen Creek Photo, great service, love their high gloss photos.
  5. Sell any gear that you haven’t used in the past 2 years. Or give it away to your local schools.
  6. Buy a bunch of flowers, set up an indoor still life, practice shallow and deep depth of field, use your smartphone too.
  7. Take a class.  (maybe you always wanted to learn pottery, silversmithing, glass-blowing)
  8. Read a book. (see my current reading list below)
  9. Watch some great online videos about artists (see suggestions below)
  10. Pour over maps to plan your next adventure.

Prepare for your 2013 photo season: Learn a new technique:

Kit’s reading list:

  • Wild Trees, Richard Preston
  • Across Many Mountains, Yangzom Brauen
  • Blood and Thunder, Hampton Sides
  • Married to Bhutan, Linda Learning
  • Coming into the Country, John McFee
  • The Golden Spruce, John Vaillant
  • Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner
  • From the Redwood Forest, Joan Dunning

Suggested videos about artists, DVD, online and Netflix

3 thoughts on “Top 10 Winter Photography Ideas

  1. I hope you enjoy the books, movies and suggestions. And maybe you and Jim can drive out to the Redwoods for a workshop in 2014.

  2. Hi Kit, As usual, I am a “night own.” Thank you for the great tips, books to read and videos to watch. I love the Redwood Forest and have been there many times when I lived in California. What a wonderful place to photograph. Have a great day!

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