Get up early- yes I know !!! The frost may disappear when the sun gets up so the best time is usually first light- but have some breakfast first Check the sunrise time if you are not sure https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/uk/london
Clean your lens - pack a long lens if you have one, a spare battery & lens cloth
Before you leave the house set your camera to your favourite shooting mode. Single shot Autofocus and Auto ISO will give you the best Quality on a bright day.
Shutter Priority (S for Nikon/Sony etc TV for Canon ) Shutter Priority is the safest semi-auto mode set a Shutter speed of 1/250. Adjust shutter lower if necessary but not below 1/60th - and stand really still Aperture Priority set to F45.6 for shallow DoF or F16 for deep DoF (make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to stop camera shake and movement blur and be careful the ISO doesn't get too high ) ISO If you are confident with ISO, set this yourself and use this as your limiter. Start with 400 ISO and move up or down depending on brighness. A bright day will be perfect at 200. If it's gloomy choose 800.
Shoot A wide View of the whole landscape People & animals moving through the scene Frozen water or frosted puddles Freezing clouds of breath hanging in the air White Trees Close ups - keep moving in until the shot fills the frame. Check close-up pics after shooting as they are very easy to get out of focus. Pinch the screen to zoom in on your phone Think about your angle of view. Is the picture better if you crouch down ?
Shoot towards the light my favourite way to shoot landscapes (and pretty much everything else actually) with the light wrapping itself around the subject That's it - wrap up warm & head for your favourite outdoor space
Tylah T shooting in Bushy Park - picture by mum Natalie
Look for beautiful details
White walkers live in this forest
Snow If it snows you need to understand exposure compensation on your camera or phone. On a phone it's easy with the exposure slider. Touch the screen to focus and hold it to lock the focus - then use the slider to brighten up the image. Cameras are slightly more complicated. Snow usually needs extra exposure as the meter is fooled by the white and creates grey, under-exposed images. Set Compensation to +1 or even +2 if the scene is mostly white. The more white the higher the compensation needed.