Almost 3 feet of snow are on the ground. Do you have the winter blues? The days are cold and short- neither of which seem to be good for absolutely anything, let alone photography.
Well, actually, not so much. Winter can be a great time to be a photographer, if you know how to work with what you have.
One obvious advantage to winter photography is your own house is its own little snowglobe and outside is nothing but a winter wonderland. If you can put up with the cold for a few moments, some magical pictures can be taken; check out below.
Maybe snow isn't your thing and you have no interest in taking pictures in it or having your picture taken in it.
A not so obvious advantage of winter is the low sun angle. We all know about golden hour, the first or last hour (or more) of the day when everything glows warm and gold. This light is great for portraits as it will make your skin look soft and the picture will generally be warm in nature. Winter days, however, almost always offer golden light throughout the whole day.
Compare a hot day in July where the sun is directly above - your face is always in a shadow and the light is far from flattering - with a winter day from December through late February. In the latter case, the sun is noticeably lower in the sky, making shadows long and light warm and gold.
The low sun of winter makes a near day long opportunity for great portraits. Grab your cell phone and a model and give it a try! I think you'll be impressed with your results if you figure out how to properly light the model.
So maybe winter isn't so bad after all. If there's no snow for snowglobe-esque pictures, try taking advantage of the perfect light! Don't forget spring will be here before we know it.