Photographing lakes is a favorite subject for every landscape photographer. Think about one of those North American lakes surrounded by wild forests and snow capped mountains or some European lakes where picturesque and tiny villages reflect into. Probably, the mountain lake reflection is the image most landscape photographers aim to. For a successful photo with a mirror-like reflection, lake water must be perfectly still.
Framing images is one of the fundamental rules of composition in landscape photography along with the rule of thirds and the diagonal lines. This “rule” can be helpful for the fledgling photographers. What framing images means?
In photography a frame is an object placed within your image that frames the main subject of your photo like a picture frame. This technique aims not only to highlight the main subject of your photograph but also to add some creativity touch to the composition of your photograph. Usually, this frame could be a doorway, a rock (like in my photo on the left), an arch, a window or a tree, for example. By using a frame in your photo you get at least three results. First of all, frame adds depth of field to your photograph, especially in your landscape photos. The viewer gets the feeling he’s looking at something that is almost 3D. By framing the image correctly you force the same viewer to see at the center of your photo.
As winter is already here are a few practical and technical tips about how photographing snow. First of all, in order to get some great photos of snow and mountain landscapes during the cold weather, you have to take great care about your camera and yourself. Preparation to shooting in cold winter is essential. Always dress warmly and protect yourself from sunburn at the highest altitudes. Use fingerless gloves for shooting. They keep your hand warm while you have full control of your camera. Your camera can malfunction while taking photos in extreme cold temperatures (below -20ºC). So, check your camera’s manual for all the suggested precautions to take. Also, cold weather might inhibit the normal performance of the battery inside your camera and though the energy level shows hall full it can be dead completely just a few minutes later.
So, always remember to bring an additional battery with you. Also, there is risk of condensation can form on your lenses simply by moving your camera from cold to a warm environment (mountain hut for example).