We don’t get many of these days down in the south, but when they do arrive, it makes for some interesting times. I couldn’t think of too many things that I would want to shoot in the snow other than people, so I decided to take my family out and play around in the white stuff with them.
So if your thinking of shooting in the snow, I would think about two things. The number one thing is to protect your camera from all the elements. Ice and Snow which will turn into water are some of the most dangerous things you will ever run into. The second most important thing is to turn off that automatic mode. Now, I know you can shoot raw files and do it in post, but why when you don’t have too.
There are a ton of different things on the market that can protect your camera from all the weather. The difference is that you don’t have time to order something or time to run down to the local camera store, which I highly recommend. (You want them to stay in business, right.) If this is not an option, then turn to your good old fashion trash bags. I have even used them on professional shoots when we didn’t pack our Aquatech gear. It may not be a fashion statement, but it will protect your investment in your gear.
Now for the automatic mode on your camera, I know you do it. Sometimes it is just easy to turn it to the automatic mode. Easy is good in most cases, but you might want a little more control of the camera. The problem with this is that the lovely white snow that is everyplace with throw off your meter on your camera. That meter is what is determining your exposures on your automatic camera settings. I saw a few people out shooting today with their cameras. I noticed that most of them kept chipping on the back of the camera, of course we all do it, but in this case they couldn’t get the exposures they wanted. Most of them would just give up and keep shooting, but when they got back home they will notice that they are under exposed. I like to shoot in manual mode when possible, so that I can control the aperture and shutter so that I can do what ever I want with the camera. When shooting on these lovely snow days, I will actually open up the exposure so that I am between one stop and sometime two stops brighter than what the camera is telling me. This will help off set what is happening with the extra light that is bouncing back at the camera sensor.
So get back out there and make some more images, but let’s try it on the manual mode or adjust the exposure compensation on the other modes to make sure you get the perfect picture. Remember: HAPPY SNAPPING!
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