Snow Shots


“Snow 9”
© Copyright David Cresine

Getting a good picture when there’s a blanket of freshly fallen snow outside can present something of a challenge. Just ask Elizabeth West, who is no stranger to cold New England winters. In this article on photodoto, she says she’s struggled for years with her cameras’ annoying proclivity to turn any austere snow scene into a muddled range of grays.

Her solution? Somewhat counter-intuitively, she recommends adding more light by using the camera’s built-in snow setting or compensating the exposure by adding one to one-and-a-half stops.

She also recommends shooting when the sun is lower in the sky and including a spot of color in the photo to act as a point of reference to help viewers fully appreciate the wintry splendor.

Be sure to read her complete post for additional tips. Oh, and if you’re interested, you can also check out our other blog posts related to thriving, not just surviving, while shooting this winter:

Taking Photos in Low Temperatures.

Using Your Camera in Cold Temperatures.

Help, I Wet My Camera.



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