I'm a beginner. With a new camera from Santa! I'm looking for tips on photographing snowy scenes. I can't seem to get it right.
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Not sure what camera you're using so this is a shotgun approach to some issues with shooting in snow.27 December 2013
Set your white balance:
If your camera has an option in the menu for snow (or even flash), using this option will help reduce the blue and grey tones. The result may not be perfect, but it will definitely help. You can also set a custom white balance. (Refer to your camera manual for instructions on how to do this.) If it still looks a bit off-color, you can correct this in post-processing.
Using the light meter properly:
Meter off an object other than something snow covered. Your camera is fooled by all the snow and will underexpose the image.
So, use the spot meter option if possible. It would laso be a good idea to bracket your exposures as well.
Use the Histogram:
If your camera has that option available learn how to use (read) it. A large spike to the right or left side indicates you have blown out high lights or plugged shadows (too dark and loss of detail in the shadow areas). Adjust your exposure by either adjusting your shutter speed or aperture to try to get a good exposure indicated by your histogram by a nice bell curve in the middle of the graph.
Nice thing about digital is that you can see the results right away and make adjustments on the fly.
Try shooting in early morning light or evening light where shadows will help with the contrast and add texture to an otherwise flat bright surface.