Iceland winter photography tips
Photographing Iceland during winter was a tough task. Between the limited hours of daylight, the adverse weather conditions for the camera, the quickly dying batteries and the constant blue hue that affected each shot it was perhaps the hardest country I have ever tried to capture on camera.
There are a few easy tips to make your experience better through before you go.
Pack a tripod if you want to capture the northern lights with a DSLR this essential as well as for other aspects of Iceland winter photography.
Bring extra batteries, the cold weather will drain them much quicker.
Consider weather protection, whether it’s a homemade bin bag or you buy an actual camera case, the elements here are not a camera’s best friend.
Study up on long exposure photography as the aurora are so hard to photograph, a basic understanding of your camera manual features will really help. Check out some free online tutorials.
Diving between the tectonic plates in Iceland
Once in the country, there a couple of easy pointers to improve your Iceland winter photography.
Use your tripod and long exposures, not just for night photography but also to capture waterfalls with smooth water.
Increase your shutter speed whilst driving so you can capture shots from the car without being blurry if you are driving through somewhere which won’t allow you to stop.
Use people and objects, especially in front of waterfalls, white backgrounds and mountains. Not only will these add an idea of scale to your images but a colourful jacket can break up an otherwise white canvas look which is caused by the snow.
Be careful with plastic equipment outside, the cold will affect both your camera and tripod. The arm even broke off my tripod as the weather was so cold and I tried to move it without fully untightening the lock.
Be careful of condensation which will occur when moving from the cold outside to your warm accommodation. Try to minimise this by keeping your camera in a bag in a cooler place inside until it has adjusted as the moisture inside the camera can sometimes create damage.