Monday, December 27, 2010

The Three A's to Successful Night Snow Photography

1. Attire

We are all familiar with the term "Dress for Success." When photographing in the cold at night, paying attention to this adage can make the difference between getting great images or mediocre images. It takes more than good equipment to achieve success; Keep you head, feet, hands, legs, chest warm.

2. Attitude

Having a positive attitude when you are out in the cold at night will have a great impact on your success rate. Simply said: You should be having fun! Which brings me to my next tip:

3. Attendance

We have often heard "Half of success is showing up and the other half is showing up on time." What I mean here is that we, as photographers, ought to be "practicing" every day in the same way a painter uses a paintbrush, a pianist uses a piano.

Snow. Rain. Heat. Aren't these all situations for us to discover new landscapes of and for success? And when we add Attendance to Attitude to Attire we get success.

Of course, a Tripod is a necessity as is an umbrella (if it is still snowing or raining). Often, people might see me standing in the snow or rain behind my Tripod, an umbrella in my left hand, and my right hand on my camera!

Snow Falling on Bus Stop. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Do you have rules for success?
I would love to hear from you!

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  1. That practice makes perfect can not be understated, whether it's cooking or piano or photography. Unless of course we're talking snow photos...I wish we had a little of it around here! Be safe in the blizzard.

  2. Love that shot! Some great tips here.


  3. I love photography and have several beautiful photos framed and hanging in my home; it takes a real talent to capture what you see in your heart with a camera; I like your strategy for success! For me, the rules for success definitely include Attitude but also Perseverance, Hope and Trust. I look forward to seeing more of your photos!

  4. So interesting that I just did a post today about success. I agree with your tips, all good, all necessary. And I wish I could capture what I see in my mind's eye with a camera, don't have that talent, as you obviously do. :-)

    Lisa Vitale

  5. We praise people who appear to be especially gifted. Granted, they may be especially gifted. But those magical moments that happen are not coming from chance or accident, but from discipline; discipline that is consciously chosen, ardently desired and patiently persisted in.

    Rachel Lavern
    Personal Transformation, Enlightenment and Development

  6. hi bruce,

    this post is very timely as i am in utah skiing. i'm going outside now to try and take a few pics using your tips. i'll report back.


  7. Bruce I loved your post and the story your photo tells. I think your A's are perfect in so many areas of life. The will to succeed lies in practice and preparedness! And yes attitude. I have found having a positive attitude, being willing to give, and being ready & open to opportunity has helped me.

    Jennifer Duchene
    Home Makeover Mixtress

  8. Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for your post -- are you out there right now, all bundled up with camera in hand? I just heard the weather report about your huge snowstorm, and thought of you standing there practicing, practicing, practicing. And having fun! So I look forward to seeing the photos you're taking tonight. By the way, when you're done tonight, I'd recommend you practice making a hot brandy. Couldn't hurt.

  9. Something hot to drink is a must. Yes.

  10. Thanks Bruce. I liked what you said about practising just the same way as the artist does with their brush. Being an artist I can totally relate to what you say. Practising your art in every situation, under all conditions, brings skill and competence. And eventually mastery.

    Fiona Stolze

  11. That makes so much sense. I'm not remotely at the 'outdoor' level of photography, but I need to use my tripod more inside that's for sure!

  12. Love the tips. I'm new to photography and loving it. I've found your third tip particularly helpful in getting good pictures. Be pRepared, be positive, be present - love it and it applies to so much.

    Darcie Newton
    Using Real Estate to Fuel Retirement

  13. this blog made me excited for the 1st big snowfall....I am going to set my alarm and go out and photograph! BUT, I do need to practice a bit. Maybe some nighttime photography?
    Thanks, Rachel

  14. Well get plenty of snow here to use those tips - LOL. But as others have said - these tips can be applied to so many things in life. I must show your blog to my husband - he's the photographer in our house.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears for Freedom

  15. Bruce - I always love your photography. I'm sharing this post on my FB page. Your 3 A's are good tips; for me visualization is a key to success - if you don't know where you're going it's hard to get there.

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero

  16. Bruce, this post has inspired me to put together concrete plans to go to Tahoe. I may not take many pictures, but these 3 A's are applicable to many activities that matter. There are such lovely images on your blog that I've found myself taking a journey through the archives. My sister in law is a budding amateur shutterbug, so I'll send along your site to her as well.

  17. Bruce, you are a wonderful photographer - I love the detail in your pictures. Like Pat, I would love to share this post on my FB page.

    For me the rules for success (at least for photographs) is to have my camera ready and charged so I do not miss those once in a lifetime shots, especially when I am traveling. I have had a couple of instances and regret when I came across an awesome landscape and my camera was dead. Not cool!

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational photographs with us.

  18. Thank You all for being so generous with your comments.

    I greatly appreciate your time.

    Feel free to re-post.



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