When many people travel, they admire the snow country. There are many places to pay attention to when shooting in the snow. I will provide you with some tips on snow shooting.
When shooting snow scenes in the daytime, the ground reflection conditions often affect the camera’s metering. If no adjustment is made, the exposure will be biased to make the picture darker, therefore the snow will become gray. Snow shooting is not as difficult as you think, and there is no proper way to take the perfect photo. Correct metering and exposure are the keys to the success of taking snow scene photos. Because the snow is bright white, large areas of snow will make the camera’s metering function inaccurate. You need to adjust the exposure value in the camera’s body to obtain the ideal light and darkness. Under normal circumstances, +0.5-1.0 EV can already get you the desired effect. To get a beautiful photo, you can refer to the following tips:
1. Shoot with RAW files
This method is will guarantee a better quality photo than the average JPG. Because a RAW a file is more comprehensive, more details are retained, and post-production is relatively easy. If the travel time is limited, it is best to shoot in RAW and edit accordingly. Over- or under-exposed photos can be adjusted through software. For example, the following photos were taken in RAW without any adjustment during shooting. Then we used software +1.0EV to save time and get amazing results. The disadvantage is that the file is relatively large and requires more memory capacity, make sure the memory card is sufficient. On top of that, it takes a long time to use post-production software. Some cameras support RAW + JPG shooting, which can solve this problem. Because the camera stores 2 file formats at the same time, you can use software tuning when you aren’t satisfied with a photo, Each time you use post-production requires more memory capacity.
2. Use Bracketing
This method uses the camera to take 3-5 photos with different exposures at a time. The advantage of using the “bracket” method saves you time. After taking the picture, you can delete the unsatisfactory photos from the camera to avoid the hassle of post-production. You can set the EV difference between each photo. It is recommended to set it to 0.3 or 0.5 EV difference. Take 3 to 5 photos at a time. For example, if you take the following photo, set the camera to + 0.5EV and set it with a phase difference of 0.5 steps of EV bracketing, the camera will take three photos at +0.5, 0.0, + 1.0EV.
3. Use CPL Filters
On sunny days, the snow is very reflective, and sometimes it may be even lighter than the scenery. Using CPL can reduce the contrast, reduce the brightness of the snow, make the blue sky more prominent and increase color saturation.
* Please refer to the CPL polarizer recommended by The Instructor
The camera’s LCD is not enough, especially when the camera’s LCD looks under-exposed in the sun, it is recommended to refer to Histogram data. If the photo is over-exposed or under-exposed, you can immediately take another shot. But keep in mind that Histogram is not a source of information for every photo, just a reference. The most important thing is to decide whether the photo is suitable according to what you want.
5. Avoid using Flash
When it is snowing avoid using flash, snowflakes will form light spots on the screen, which will affect the subject of the photo. Also, it is recommended to use a slower shutter to shoot when it snows, so the snowflakes form a line to add a motion of falling snowflakes.
The biggest problem when shooting snow scenes is to master the metering problem. To take a good picture of snow it always depends on the environment. Especially with metering, there are too many variables in the environment, such as backlight. I hope that this article will allow readers to flexibly use it after learning the skills and take more beautiful photos when traveling abroad!
Author: Kawai Lee