Tips for capturing images in the snow

I’m soon heading off to Antarctica and been thinking about how I need to change the ways in which I capture my images, camera gear, camera accessories to pack, and even how I look differently at what to capture.  If you’re heading to somewhere packed full of snow soon here’s my tips:

Keep your equipment safe – The cold temperatures of winter can be harsh on your equipment. Since snow can easily wet your gear, consider buying a waterproof bag to keep everything safe and dry.

You can never have enough batteries – Cold temperatures significantly chew through your camera’s batteries faster when you’re outside for long periods of time.  Bring at least two spare batteries and recommend that you store them close to your body in an insulated pocket to keep them warm.


What is street photography?

There is lots online to read which talk about this, but for me, street photography is a visual documentation of everyday life and society. However, a person doesn’t need to be in an image for it to be considered street photography, it although does take place exclusively in public areas, not necessarily on the street.

Within the street photography genre, there are so many different sub-genres, these are just a few:

  • Documentary & travel
  • Intentional Camera Movement
  • Reflections
  • Long Exposure
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

2023 Street Photography Workshops Released

Super excited to release our 2023 Street Photography Workshops – come join me, learn and explore this awesomely fun photographic genre.

  • Street Photography Introduction – click here
  • Street Photography Henri Cartier-Bresson Style – click here
  • Street Photography Creative & Artistic Styles – click here
  • Street Photography Advanced One Day – click here
  • Street Photography Super Advanced Two Day – click here

Want to know more, contact Lesley on

About Lesley Whyte

Lesley is a member of Australian Association of Street Photographers Incorporated and Australasia’s only woman street photography mentor offering a variety of street photography workshops in New Zealand and Australia; beginners, abstract, advanced and Henri Cartier-Bresson methodolgy.

Street photography – the easiest or most difficult photographic genre to capture

Street photography can either be one of the easiest or most difficult photographic genre to capture. You will likely have read my comments before, that a small camera with a wide angle lens is the best. The problem is, although it is simple to get started in street photography, it is not easy to create compelling imagery.

The goal of the candid photographer is to capture scenes exactly as they occur naturally and any interference by the photographer ruins the possibility of creating an image that is 100% authentic.

Many street photographers like to capture their images using a 35mm or wider focal length. This although has problems, and requires the photographer to be physically close to the subject. If the subject notices the photographer standing close by, the subject will likely alter their behaviour making it difficult to capture what would have taken place had the photographer not been present.


What is the reciprocal rule in photography? 

The reciprocal rule, simply is about how to make sure when hand holding your camera, that your images are sharp. It’s quite simple your shutter speed should be at least “1” over your lens focal length. In other words, to keep your shots sharp, you should use a shutter speed that is the reciprocal of your lens, otherwise, you’re at risk of blur due to camera shake.

As an example, using a 50mm lens, you’ll need a shutter speed of at least 1/50s. And if you use a 200mm lens, you’ll need a shutter speed of at least 1/200s.


New Zealand ICM Photography Retreat Images

ICM Capture to Print Retreat in New Zealand …… stunning prints from the ladies participating our inaugural ICM Capture to Print Retreat at Lake Ohau this weekend.

Led by internationally acclaimed and global ICM photographer Stephanie Johnson – Stephanie says she has been really blown away by the creativity all the ladies have shown as they have embraced their inner artist with ICM photography in such stunning ways! 😊❤️😊

I’m (Lesley) super stoked …. ICM teacher taught the photography mentor how to create awesome ICM images —> thank you masses Stephanie Johnson Photography!!! This image is my Lake Ohau, looking up to the western end of the lake.


Print Preparation – Soft Proofing

Have you ever printed an image and colours on the print didn’t match the image that you saw on your screen. Your print may have included inaccurate colors or incorrect tones, this is you missed one step – soft proofing.

Soft proofing images before printing them means you won’t end up with prints that turn out different from how you expect them to look.

What is soft proofing in Lightroom?

Soft proofing is the process of previewing an image prior to printing – in order to get a better idea of what that image might look like when actually printed. Soft proofing gives you the opportunity to make changes before your image is printed and is the key to getting top-quality printed images.