Having a cool, clear night comes morning frost and it is a topic which works well for the two close-up work and wider landscape shots. For your close-ups of the patterns frost creates you’ll need a macro lens or a 70-200mm zoom lens with extension bands will probably work equally well in the event that you don’t have a macro lens.
Frosts are generally better in the afternoon, often before the sun hits the frost and begins to thaw it ; so a prompt start, but among the benefits of the wintertime, is that at least sunrise is in a more sociable period than at the summer! Head for areas of open space and rolling landscapes, instead of woodland, where the shield of the trees could stop frost.
On a very cold day, if the sun is not going to thaw the frost too quickly, a touch of sunlight helps to emphasise the glow of frost, and especially try shooting into the light to accentuate the glint of sunlight on the frost still further, but remember to use a lens hood to minimise the likelihood of flare in your own pictures.
Take a reflector out together with you (a piece of card covered in foil will do good) as they’re helpful for bouncing light into shaded spots and recall to slide a few spare batteries into your pockets if you are considering heading out for some time. Additionally, it is worth recalling to wrap up warm as you’ll soon feel the chilly when you’re stood awaiting all those longer exposure times to complete.
Like snow, frost, especially when it’s a thick covering, can fool your camera’s meter to believe the scene’s much lighter than it actually is and it’ll underexpose the shot. If this happens, use exposure compensation and shoot half to one and a half stops above exactly what your camera believes is accurate. You should always check your histogram, too, to guarantee the vulnerability’s correct.
If you don’t need to venture a lot, have a look for frost on your windows as the patterns it produces are fantastic for macro function. Out in the garden, icy blades of grass are worth capturing early in the morning and search for fallen leaves that are coated with frost as you’re out there also. Use a small aperture to ensure more of your picture is sharp but if you’re working with a leaf that’s still on a tree, then consider using a wider aperture to throw the background out of focus, isolating the leaf in the process. As you’re taking a look at branches try to find frost covered berries as the reds contrast well with the white coloured frost.