How do you take good photo's of ice?

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  1. orion

    orion TPF Noob!

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    In about 30 minutes, I'm heading to an outdoors ice skating rink and I would love to have some great pictures with people in them (if you see my DevArt page you'll understand). I have already attached my polarizer and ND filter (for some nice motion blurs). Is there anything specific to remember for taking pictures of ice or should I just shoot normally and see how it comes out? Thanks in advance!
     
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    See any post about shooting in snow.

    Remember that your meter is trying to make everything middle gray. If there is a lot of white ice in the viewfinder when you or the camera takes a reading, then the photo will probably be underexposed.

    Set camera to overexpose by a stop or two. Or meter off something middle gray.
     
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    Thank you very much! I managed to do like what you and the snow topics said and it came out great.

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    Not much ice in here but this is one where the 2 stop overexposure produced something I really like.
     
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    Yeah, that exposure looks really good.

    It doesn't always work, but if you find yourself in a tricky lighting situation, meter off something white, and add 2 stops, or meter off something black (I like to do this), and subtract 2 stops.
     
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    Is this process of metering off of something white Necessary with digital cameras? Cuz I know they have auto white balance, how effective is it at fixing those normal problems w/ film
     
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    trog- even with AWB the meter can still get fooled by high contrast scenes.

    The shot of the front yard with the sun shining I posted last week is 2 stops off what the meter said.
     

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