Yesterday was the first day of snow for 2017. Snow is a great subject and background for photographs but can be tricky to capture. This is a good time to cover tips and ideas for taking the best pictures.
You need to OVEREXPOSE for snow.
All the white snow will be read as light by the cameras internal reader which will make the snow look gray. Use exposure compensation to brighten the snow to white.
Taking pictures on a cloudy day is different than snow on a sunny day. Sunny days will have harsher contrast but cloudy days might lack distinction. Note that snow in the shade of sunny days will have a blue tint from reflecting the sky.
Try switching a photo to black and white to see how it looks.
Lots of past assignments translate well into winter photography.
Use it as a backdrop to candid portraits:
It looks great with back lighting:
Lens flare over snowscapes:
Worms eye view:
And Leading Lines:
Remember the cold weather tips for camera gear:
Another challenge is looking after your camera gear in the extreme cold. Modern camera batteries have improved enormously but will still drain quickly in cold conditions. Recharge when you can and carry spare batteries. And above all: keep the camera as warm as possible when outside – tuck it under your jacket when you’re not shooting.
Condensation is another big problem: stepping into the cold from a heated house will cause a fogged lens and viewfinder, and in extreme cases even a short circuit. Let temperature changes happen gradually by putting your camera somewhere unheated before going outside. When going back indoors, put the camera in an airtight bag with some silica gel so moisture will form on the outside of the bag and not the camera.