Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow


Landscape Photography: Start to Finish


Lesson Info

Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow

Snow, so for me the big thing with snow is color temperature. So if you go back, even though snow, cold, everything, if you can mix the cold with the warm, it's a pretty cool-lookin' photo. Some of my favorite snow photos are when I see that cold temperature mixed with the warmth of the sun. And it just, to me, they really stand out nicely. They still follow the same compositional rules, you know, we're tryin' to get some foreground here. You got the photo on the left-hand side, you got the cold, cold temperatures. So color temperature, and then this one's tough but, it's best if it's untouched snow. You can't always do it but a fresh snow is really when you wanna be out there shooting it. So once it starts to get trampled with footprints, obviously, a tough thing to manage. And then the other thing is, even if it's not trampled with footprints, as the snow starts to melt or maybe there wasn't a lot of it, if it's mixed in with ground and dirt and stuff like that, it just looks muddy a...

nd yucky. So if you're gonna be out there and you're gonna be near snow, try to get out there right after a fresh snow. Again, the more snow the better. You want it to be pristine, untouched. And that's really the secret to makin' a good shot in those conditions. Yes, sir. For a scene like this where you have a lot of whites in the frame, how do you expose it? If you actually use something like, the auto-metering of the camera, it'll actually try to underexpose it, right? It'll try to make it gray and the picture look kind of, so what's the technique then? You know, the question is how do you expose something like this? I gotta tell you, I mean, I had it on matrix evaluative metering and just click. Cameras are really good these days. It used to be a bigger problem. Your cameras used to have, when metering wasn't quite as good. But it's so darn good these days that it gave me a great exposure right out of the camera. If I think about this one, it probably came in a little bit dark. But just the shadows, a little shadow slider inside of Lightroom opened it up a little bit for me. I wish I could tell you there was a big trick to it but it's gotten pretty easy lately.

Class Description

It’s one thing to learn how your camera works and study the theory behind landscape photography; it’s quite another to put your knowledge into practice out in the field. Take this class, and you will learn everything you need to know about taking amazing photos of the great outdoors - and turn them into beautiful display-worthy masterpieces.

Join professional landscape and outdoor photographer Matt Kloskowski for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to use composition and proper lighting to shoot landscape and outdoor photographs.
  • How to get your images from camera to computer, and how to pick out the best of them.
  • How to enhance your images through Lightroom® and Photoshop®
Matt Kloskowski is a Sony® Artisan of Imagery, and the author of 15 books on post-processing in Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop®. In this class, he will walk you through everything that he does to plan his outdoor shoots, select his gear, capture great shots, and post-process his images to evoke the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors.


1Course Introduction 25 Things Every Landscape Photographer Should Know 3Camera Gear 4Gear Q & A 5On Location: Weather & Safety 6On Location Pre-Visualzation Sutro Baths 7On Location: Camera Settings 8On Location: Composition 9Matt Klowskowski - My Story 10On Location: Bracketing 11On Location: Artistic Choices 12On Location: Pre-Visualzation Marshall's Beach 13On Location: Long Exposure 14On Location: iPhone 15On Location: Wrap Location 16Location Challenges: How to Shoot in Open Sun with No Clouds 17Location Challenges: How to shoot Cloudy, Stormy, & Blah Weather 18Location Challenges: How to shoot Beaches 19Location Challenges: How to shoot Waterfalls 20Location Challenges: How to shoot Panorama Vista Scenes 21Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes 22Location Challenges: How to shoot Mountains 23Location Challenges: How to shoot Deserts 24Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines 25Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow 26Location Challenges: How to shoot Backlit Situations 27Outdoor Landscape Workflow & Organization 28Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 1 29Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 2 30Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 1 31Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 2 32HDR for Landscape Photography 33Panoramas for Landscape Photography 34How to shoot Landscape with Adobe Photoshop in Mind 35Sky Replacement in Photoshop 36Processing Project: Stormy Mountains 37Processing Project: Crashing Waves on the Rocks 38Processing Student Raw Images 39Final Q&A


Christian Ruvolo

Mat Kloskowski class is really amazing, full of very useful tipps and inspiration. Wonderful pictures by him help to understand the explanations an I am learning A LOT from him!!! Thank you for the class!!! TOP!!!!


I love Matt's teaching style, humor, honesty, friendliness. I love On1 and all the other demos and critiques he does. He makes me enjoy the craft/art of photography much more and is a great inspiration.

Rita Ortiz

Great class by Matt, one of my top favorite teachers at CL. Easy to understand, great tips and amazing photos :) thanks!