David Koonar of Windsor Offers 5 Tips for Taking Excellent Photos in the Canadian Winter

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 1:02 PM

David Koonar of Windsor recently offered his top five tips for taking excellent photos in winter.

WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA / FEB. 8, 2022 / David Koonar of Windsor is no stranger to cold, cloudy Canadian winter. That hasn’t stopped him from taking jaw-dropping photos of his clients, family, and friends during the coldest time of year. 

Koonar is the owner of David Koonar Photography and is considered an expert in the field of visual media. He recently offered his top five tips for taking frame-worthy photos during the wintertime. 

“The No. 1 difficulty with taking photos in winter is the cold because it can damage your gear and deter you from getting outside,” Koonar said. “These tips will help you keep your gear warm and encourage you to get out and snap photos during the winter of 2022, and beyond.”

1. Keep Your Gear Warm and Dry

Koonar emphasized the importance of keeping camera gear warm and dry while taking photographs in winter. He suggested photographers invest in a rain or snow cover for their cameras to reduce the chance of liquid entering the electronics. 

2. Beware of Fog

Fog can be dangerous for a camera’s inner workings. Koonar explained that photographers need to be mindful of their cameras when going inside to warm up. Rushing indoors can cause the lens to fog immediately. Unfortunately, a camera takes much longer to defog. A winter photographer must place the camera in its bag with a lens cover before heading inside.

3. David Koonar of Windsor Explains How to Capture Snow

Many photographers head outside in the winter months to capture the snowfall. This is often easier said than done. 

Koonar suggests using a 200mm lens or higher and shooting at a shallow aperture. A telephoto lens can be even more helpful. The goal is to capture the subject largely and clearly with snowflakes in the foreground and background. That’s how an excellent photographer portrays the magic of snowfall. 

4. Head Out at Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise and sunset are special times of day during the winter. The sun reflects off the snow creating hues that aren’t found during other times of the day. 

“Sunrise and sunset are especially great times to photograph landscapes,” David Koonar said. “These occurrences are more dramatic during winter.” 

Koonar stated that an advantage of photographing sunrises in winter is that it occurs later than in the summer. In Windsor, the sun rises around 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m., in winter. That gives photographers plenty of time to have a coffee first. 

5. Stay Warm and Get Out There

David Koonar of Windsor stated that the number one tip for taking photos in winter is to bundle up and get out there.

Windsor can be especially cold during winter, but those who know how to dress can come home with remarkable photos.

He suggested that photographers wear camera-friendly gloves, Gore-tex boots, a hat, and plenty of layers that can be shed and reapplied throughout the day. 

“The magic of winter is out there for all photographers who are there to find it,” Koonar concluded.