Happy Monday Everyone! Since we have been experiencing a lot of snow here in the Northeast, I wanted to share a tip with you to help improve your snow pictures.
Have you ever taken pictures in the snow and been disappointed with your pictures straight out of the camera? Chances are you are using your camera in automatic mode or a program mode such as aperture priority. In these modes the camera is doing its best job to give you a balanced exposure, the problem is all of that white makes the camera think that it needs to underexpose the image. It says, well I see all of this white, so I am going to go ahead and make it grey so I do not ruin the exposure.
We, as the photographer, know better and can make things right. Here are a few tips for you next time you go out to take pictures in the snow.
1. Put your camera in Manual Mode at ISO 200, f5.6 and dial in a shutter speed that zeroes out your meter (there will be no dashes before or after the zero on your meter reading) and take a picture.
2. Review the picture. Chances are it is underexposed.
3. Now try overexposing the next shot by 1 stop. If your shutter speed was 1/250, try setting it to 1/125.
4. Review the results. Does this look better? It should.
5. If it is still underexposed, slow your shutter speed to 1/90 and try.
1. Put your camera in P Mode and take a picture.
2. Is it underexposed?
3. If so, dial your exposure compensation to +1.0 (you may need to read your camera manual to learn how to do this)
4. Better? If not, try setting it to +1.3 and repeat until you achieve the exposure you desire.
The image you like best will be personal preference. If I was going to work on one of these to finish as a print, I would choose number 2 because there is still some detail in the sky.
These pictures are nothing special, I was standing on my deck taking pictures for these examples. It was overcast skies which is very boring.
Closing tip: If it were blue skies and sunny, you could aim your camera to a nice blue spot in the sky and get a meter reading. Lock that exposure, recompose and take a picture of the snow and sky. Your results will suprise you 😉
Go out and start photographing snow pictures today.