Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quick Tips Series (#3). Photographing Snow.

Hint is a small piece of information that helps you guess an answer or do something more easily.
So you’ll find some hints in the Quick Tips Series.
 I hope they will be useful.
 Please remember, you receive a piece of information, not the Code of laws.
Experiment until you find what works best for you.

Photographing snow.

A snow day offers unique photographic opportunities.

Here are several quick tips for your winter photography.
1. You might notice that your winter photos usually come out dark and gray. If you want it to be whiter you can use exposure compensation in Aperture Priority mode, adding about 1 stop extra and you camera will change the settings to over-expose the scene. Be careful you do not over-expose too far or you risk losing the details in the image.

 2. Long exposures, usually less that 1/100, will show the snow as streaks, a quick shutter will catch the snow as individual flakes.

3. To get the best shot of the snowfall, use a telephoto lens with a focal length of 200mm and up, and shoot at shallow aperture (about f/4.0-4.5) and the fast shutter speed (1/400 of a second or faster).

4. At whatever shutter speed you decide to shoot, snowflakes that fall close to the camera lens will appear as big out-of-focus blobs. You can remove them in post-processing, but you can just prevent snowflakes from falling near to the lens using a lens hood or a sun shield. The best option is to shoot from cover.

5. Converting the final image to black and white can add much more to your image.

 6. Keep your camera warm and dry using simple preventive measures: use a lens hood; give your camera equipment time to acclimate when going from cold to warm temperatures.

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