Winter Photography

I like shooting snowy  landscapes:  Snow simplifies things, removing detail and reducing shapes to outlines.

IMG_100-789It’s not without its problems though; by its nature, where there’s snow, it’s likely to be cold, and the snow is white and very reflective, which can fool a camera’s exposure meter and auto white balance.

Being cold reduces the battery’s capacity, so I make sure that I charge my camera batteries before I go out to shoot.

Fresh snow is a nice flat white, which can cause underexposure, since exposure meters expect a scene that averages to a mid grey: to get white snow, without overexposing it, I set the camera for somewhere between +1 or +2 stops of exposure compensation, then check for “blinking” on the highlights.  (Being very cold makes LCDs sluggish, so the rear LCD screen may look “blurry” when you’re changing camera settings, if you’re moving the camera to get your composition just-so, or if you’re looking for over-exposure warnings. )

Then again, snow in a picture needn’t be white.

I also shoot in RAW, which allows me some exposure correction and tweaking of highlights during post-processing.