Tips for shooting snow


TPF Noob!
Oct 21, 2006
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Harlan, Ky
I just got a Caonon xs last week and was trying to shoot some snow pictures today and they all came out over/under exposed. I don't have anyway of posting them now since I'm not at home but was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on shutter speed and av to use. I was shooting over a creek and trying to get the silky water effect by using a slower shutter speed, but that royally messed up the whites of the snow. Any tips?
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If you have a lot of bright snow in the shot, that can confuse the meter in the camera and underexpose. It's a simple matter of either adjusting exposure compensation (EV) when using one of the semi-manual modes or just adjusting your settings for the meter to read higher than you normally would in manual mode.

I leave my particular camera at -1.0 EV or expose for -1.0 EV on the display in manual for normal usage. When I have a lot of snow, I will adjust to +1.0 on the EV/meter. Thus, I am actually adjusting by 2 stops because I am normally at -1.0. At least I think I am, it's been a while since I've had access to my photos and used the camera.

Experiment and adjust as necessary. Just remember that with a lot of snow, you have to add some exposure for it to come out right.

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