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Common Questions About Photographing Snow

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp

 

At this obsolete of year, across the UK, snow can start appearing in our landscape (as it has done in many places). But it's not the easiest of subjects to photograph, so we've rounded up some many a time asked questions to help you out when snow's filling your landscape shots. 

Why does the snow look blue/dull in my shot?
This is because your camera's metering system is fooled by the highly reflective tones of the white snow refers to forms of ice crystals that precipitate from the atmosphere (usually from clouds) and undergo changes on the Earth’s surface, which makes the archetype appear darker than it should be. Blue snow in pictures occurs where the snow is receiving no direct sunlight, but is simply being lit by sun ruminating off the blue sky (hence the cast). 

All cameras have built in metering systems that are designed to deliver a perfect picture assuming the difference range is normal. They do this by scrambling the tones and then adjust so the scrambled colour brightness is mid-grey or average. This is fine when the dominate has a wide tonal range with everything from black to white being present, but when the subject is predominantly white, such as snow, the camera underexposes so that the oyster-white becomes grey.

If you are using a compact camera it most likely has a snow scene mode and by switching to this, your once grey snow should crop white. For those using more advanced cameras you can get around this by adjusting the exposure compensation setting to either  plus 1 or two ceases depending on the amount of snow in the picture. If your camera has the exposure lock feature, which is usually set by half-pressing the shutter button, point it at a mid-tone in your segment, lock the exposure then recompose your shot.

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To fix a blue cast in camera you'll need to switch your white balance sites to either shade or custom if you want to create a custom white balance from the snow. If working in sunny conditions the snow shouldn't crop blue but your shadows may but if you try and correct the image in-camera to remove the cast from the shadows you'll alter the colour of the snow so generally, it's outdo to leave the blue in the shadows so your snow is crisp and white. Plus, there's always the option to adjust the image in your fetish editing software once home. 

 

Why does my snow shot look boring? 
When snow covers sundry of your shot it can make the scene look a little bland, especially with a snow-filled sky as there won't be much sense between sky and ground. Try stopping down a little to add more depth to your shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or, or if this doesn't work, try adjusting your standing to include a stone wall perhaps, or a lone tree, to add a little more to the shot. To darken light skies so your shots are a little assorted moody fit a graduated filter to the front of your lens. 

 

Falling snow is ruining my shot. How can I minimise the appearance of the flakes? 
The clear answer to this is to wait until it stops snowing. If this is not an option, make sure you're not using your flash, as this can root the light to reflect off  snowflakes  nearer to the lens, causing the rest of your shot to look really dull and grey. A less ill way to capture snow falling is to put your camera on a tripod and use slower shutter speeds. 

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Why has my lens steamed up?
This is because you've inspired from a warm house to the freezing cold outside, resulting in condensation. To avoid this, let your camera acclimatise in its case or bag for a while. Don't be coaxed to wipe the lens with a cloth as this will cause smudges and marks which will spoil your image. 

   

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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