Winter is on its way. Find out how to get the best photos with these tips from pro photographer Peter Adams.
One of the great challenges of photography is to translate the pure white canvas of a snowy landscape into a meaningful picture.
I'm in Greenland to photograph seal hunters. Usually with a human portrait, my instinct would be to get up close to my subject but in this case, I wanted to convey the context and space of the landscape this seal hunter survives in. If you look closely at the picture above, you'll spot crosses in the cemetery. By putting them into my picture they help give the viewer a measure of the size as well as the harshness of this environment.
Another challenge, of course, is looking after your camera gear in the cold. Modern camera batteries have improved enormously but will still drain quickly in cold conditions. Recharge when you can and carry spare batteries. And above all: keep the camera as warm as possible when outside – tuck it under your jacket when you're not shooting.
Condensation is another big problem: stepping into the cold from a heated house will cause a fogged lens and viewfinder, and in extreme cases even a short circuit. Let temperature changes happen gradually by putting your camera somewhere unheated before going outside. When going back indoors, put the camera in an airtight bag with some silica gel so moisture will form on the outside of the bag and not the camera.
Tiniteqilaq – often called "Tinit" for short – has a population of 134 people, who mostly survive by hunting, ice fishing and fishing for salmon in summer. Inuit graves in its cemetery, seen here in winter, bear no names because of the tradition that a dead person's name lives on in the next generation.
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