Winter is in full effect where I am at and I wanted to share some great tips for winter shots.
MAKING THE SNOW WHITE.
The biggest mistake people make when photographing snowy scenes is having them turn out gray in the final photograph. It happens because camera meters average out exposer to middle tonality, turning white into gray. The easiest way to get the white of the snow perfect is to check your histogram after. The histogram represents the amount specific tonalities in a scene, with the left side showing dark tones and the right showing bright tones. So when you shoot you want to make sure the histogram is pushed to the right side. Best way to do this is to open your aperture or slowing your shutter speed.
USE POCKET HAND WARMERS
The one trouble I always had when i first started shooting in the cold was my hands would lose dexterity, and your batteries lose power faster. After I got a few hand warmers I would leave one in my pocket and leave one near my spare battery so it doesn't get drained as fast as the one I was using at the moment. Tip for hand warmers, keep and airflow to them, if they don't get air they don't work.
AND JUST FOR GENERAL SAFETY
Please when you do go out into the cold, either on a walk or hike in the woods, bring supplies like hand warmers. Also dress for the weather don't act like the tough guy and wear a hoodie in 30 below weather.