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.