Blizzard Bruce has blown in leaving buckets of beautiful powdery white stuff all over the mid-west. We haven’t had a good snow like this in years so of course we had to sled, dig tunnels, walk in the woods, skate around on our little puddle of a pond, and of course, I had to take some pictures. Pretty snow doesn’t happen enough, so I wanted to get a few pictures. Oh how I wish my kids had coordinating jewel toned coats, gloves, and coveralls. We were lucky to find enough gloves, and the reality is, that this is how we look in the country. It’s actually a good thing, this time, I didn’t get in front of the camera… I was wearing my husbands XXL camo full body suit, and I am a woman’s size S. I am sure it was a little hysterical looking, but my daughter is now also a woman’s size S and took my coveralls because her old ones don’t fit her. We need to go shopping I think. 🙂
Anyway, I though I would share a few tips on taking pics in the snow since we may have a few more days of Bruce’s glorious remnants.
1. Finger-less gloves! These are awesome for shooting! I am changing my settings constantly, so I need my fingers to be able to use the buttons and dials. My gloves have a flap so I can cover them back up when they get too cold.
1. Batteries die fast in the cold! Keep an extra battery in your pocket so it stays warm and you can swap it out when needed.
2. Exposure Compensation: Overexpose your shot by a stop or two. Your camera will try to make the snow look grey because snow is so bright, so adding +1 or +2 stops will keep it snowy white! If you are shooting RAW, you can fix this in post if they look grey on your screen.
3. White Balance: If you are in auto white balance, your camera may make the snow look blueish. Try using the “shade” setting or play around with your camera’s white balance feature to get a look that is more natural.
4. Find lots of pretty things that contrast with the white snow….kids, dogs, red berries, fall leaves still clinging to trees, cardinal’s and blue jays (birds are so pretty to photograph in the snow)!
Walking alone with your camera can be a relaxing and even religious experience. The world is so quiet and peaceful in a blanket of white. Find a nature trail and go for a hike! I promise you’ll come home happy and refreshed! This might not qualify as a “photography tip” but it’s good advice from a well seasoned photographer. 🙂
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