On Sunday, December 10th 2017, photographer Albert Dros made is way outside of his Amsterdam house and encountered what he described the most snowy day in the in the Netherlands’ capital that he had ever seen. Anxious to capture the beautiful city and it’s people under the constant barage of heavy snowfall, Dros headed out with a smartphone capable of shooting at 960fps and his camera and spent hours documenting the white city.
The results are beautiful, although they make us shiver just looking at them. Over on his Reddit post, Dros provided seven tips for shooting in such extreme snow.
- It was EXTREMELY cold and I was super motivated to shoot. However, the supid me wasn’t prepared for these extreme circumstances and I didn’t wear my waterproof shoes. Waterproof shoes are extremely important as they will keep your feet warm and not frozen (like mine were yesterday). So wear water/windproof clothing.
- Another clothing tip is to bring warm gloves. They have to be gloves that you can use to control your camera.
- If your camera can’t handle water, bring a rainjacket for it. Most cameras handle water/snow just fine. I had mine out for the whole day (Sony A7RIII) and it didn’t have issues.
- Attach the hood to your lens. The hood helps to keep a lot of rain/snow out from the lens so that you get less chance to get it wet. This especially helps with longer lenses (as they have longer lens hoods in general).
- Bring lens cloths and a rocket blower. Keep a few in your (waterproof) pocket so that you can always clean your lens from snow. The rocket blower can help clear off the water without creating smears like the lens cloth might.
- I love to use longer lenses (zooms) that you compress the foreground and background, and it also gives a cool effect when there is lots of snow (compression of snowflakes in foreground and background). I love to shoot these snowy street scenes anywhere from 70-300mm.