Through the Wintry Lens: Photography Tips for Kids

Pee Dee River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Credit: Gabby Salazar

Frost, snow, and ice create stunning patterns and transform ordinary landscapes into wonderlands. Next time you are tempted to curl up by the fire, instead put on your winter coat and go outside with your camera!

As soon as the forecasts promises winter weather, photographer Gabby Salazar goes over to a local park or the Pee Dee River National Wildlife Refuge near her home in North Carolina. She has some advice for young, budding photographers:
Tips for photographing snow and ice:

  • Look for patterns in the ice. Explore frozen pools of water with your camera or the pattern of ice that has formed on trees. Be careful and take an adult with you if you go near a body of water — do not walk out on the ice.
  • Make your own frosty photo studio! If you know it is going to drop below freezing at night, gather pinecones, acorns, and a variety of leaves. Dip your treasures in water and lay them out on the ground in a pile. In the morning, they will be covered in a beautiful frost.
  • Photograph tracks in the snow. Look for the tracks of rabbit, deer, and other animals and include these tracks in your photograph. If you do not find any animal tracks, take photos of your own footprints creating a trail through the landscape.

Gabby Salazar is founder and editor of the online magazine Nature's Best Photography Students, where young people submit photos for contests and online publication, blog with each other about nature photography and view student photo galleries.