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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Tips for DSLR in the snow during daylight?

I'm playing with my manual settings in snow and I find I am losing a lot of detail I think I could get. I am having trouble getting the whites as well.

I have not shot a lot of snow so I'd like to learn.

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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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I cheat. Take a shot in landscape mode, look at the settings it selected, and adjust from there.

but in this case, it looks like your focus is way out too.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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I cheat. Take a shot in landscape mode, look at the settings it selected, and adjust from there.

but in this case, it looks like your focus is way out too.
It was a combination of a slow shutterspeed just trying to get the white to show and I wasn't on a tripod.

My snow/landscape setting was too grey, so I didn't want to follow that.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 05:44 PM   #4
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Play with the white balance and exposure settings. The metering mode setting on your camera will have some affect too. There's probably a lot online about shooting snow, and better explained than I can.

But It's mostly due to lighting and being a white scene. When it's overcast the snow is going to come out grey like that, and if it's a clear and sunny sky you might find the snow will be blueish.




I took your photo through lightroom adjusting white balance and exposure:


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Old December 16th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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The problem is that cameras typically adjust exposure based on an assumption of 15% grey. i.e. The average of all colors mixed together is 15% grey. When you take a shot that is 80% bright white snow, but assumed to be 15% grey, the camera underexposes the shot.

You could set the exposure off of something else within the same light (i.e. nearby and not in the shadows) that has more color in it. You could use use exposure lock and then recompose to take the shot. I typically shoot full manual when out in the snow. The snow is so bright that the light is pretty consistent when the sun is high.

Ideally, you'd use a grey card (ever notice that many microfiber clothes are grey?) If I don't have anything handy, I'll use my hand, which will be much closer than any shot that is 80% bright white snow.

A grey card is great for setting CWB (Custom White Balance) as well and goes a long way toward getting the colors right.

Otherwise, what aperture was used for that shot? I can't tell what the shot was focused on, but you may be losing detail to DoF (Depth of Field.) You may want to try a smaller aperture (larger number), starting with f/7 or smaller, but then again, it depends on your desired results. For landscape, getting close to focused to infinity is generally more desirable (focused front to back through the whole shot.) Your shutter speed may be too low for hand helds shots too, and will only get slower if you use a smaller aperture.

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you can always turn up the shutter speed and turn down the iso. It will get you more detail but also a darker shot.
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