How to Take Self Portraits in the Snow

The blizzard of 2014! It didn’t start to snow at my house until last night, and overnight we got 6 inches. It is beautiful outside! As soon as I woke up, I knew I wanted to get pictures in the snow! Ryan had to work so I was home alone. I haven’t photographed in the snow before and I really wanted to take some pictures so I got out my tripod, dressed warm and hoped for the best. I set my camera to “TV” mode which stands for “Time Value” or “Shutter Speed”. This allows me to control the shutter speed and worked best at 1/80. My Fstop was usually at 22 and ISO set to 800. I did have to tweak things here and there as I moved locations but for the most part it worked.

I love this large tree I have in my backyard and took several with that as my background. To set my camera on a 10 sec self timer, I would hit the “AF Drive” button and held it and turned the big dial until it set it on there. You can set it for 2 secs, Continuos shooting, or single shooting as well. Most of the time I had it on continuos shooting.

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For my jumping picture, I wasn’t sure it it was able to capture me up in the air, but with me jumping at the right time it did manage to keep me in the air.

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If you plan on taking your own pictures with a tripod, be sure to know what you want before you push the button. I would take a picture of myself then look at it and think – “Maybe if I looked away or moved to the left a little.” You have to keep trying until you get the results you want.

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I used all kinds of things in my backyard for props – our neighbors’ fence, trees and an open lot behind us that was beautiful.

I did get a workout and I wasn’t cold at all! I moved around so much and kept trying to capture what I wanted. It took several tries so don’t give up – keep at it! I pointed the tripod down and lowered the legs and knew exactly where my head was going to be before I went to lay down. I had a “Sarah” imprint on the ground so I wasn’t getting to wet.

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I changed my clothes once and had so much fun! I pointed the camera down and was pretty close to the lens. This time it was easy and I didn’t do much running.

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I did manage after several tries to get a picture of my dogs, Macks and Trixie, together and looking at me! They hate snow and being dressed up, but they are just TOO CUTE!

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When I uploaded the pictures on the computer, I basically just brought up the contrast and sharpened the images, everything else looked good!

I hope you don’t feel like I am being conceided with taking pictures of myself, but we all take selfies, I just wanted mine to be unique 🙂

Get your camera out! Take pictures of your kids, dogs, family, friends or even YOU!

Stay warm!

Sarah