Snow photography

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  1. nima

    nima TPF Noob!

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    I live in IN and it just snowed a whole bunch here...

    I want to use this and take some snow pictures...

    Any tips are appreciated. (Should I leave the camera on Automatic, or set the settings myself?) I have a tripod too if you think that might be necessary..

    Thanks
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If there is a lot of snow in the scene...Your camera's light meter will tell it to use setting that will turn white snow to a grey tone. So the image will be underexposed.

    To get around this, you should add exposure (positive exposure compensation). Exactly how much to add...is up to you. Try one to two stops.
     
  3. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Take a test photo. Most likely it will be too dark, so try again by overexposing and as you go try and get a feel of how much snow to otherthings you need in a picture before you need to overexpose.
     
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    Well I never use a light meter in decades, when outside.

    I live in the arctic and I take images all the time in snow / ice

    here is what I do.. for year after year after year

    I use EV values. like the setitngs that are inside the box of film!

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    This is what happens when you use these settings..

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    Tip: if you want to really take gorgeous photographs.. PICK ONE FILM... and stick with it! and learn how to use it

    My advice: VERICLOR! "THE BEST film kodak ever made.. "for negatives"! it has a very wide lattitude and exceptional results. it is 30 below here!
     
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    The only issue I see here is there is no detail in the foreground which is totally burnt out. In my mind there no easy chart to decide shutter speed/aperture for a shot.
     
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    Thank you very much for pointing that out.

    I uploaded the wrong image. see the difference!!
     
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    Yes I see the difference. :)
     
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    It snowed here, too. I need help photographing yellow snow. :lol:
     

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