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Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow

Matt Kloskowski

Landscape Photography: Start to Finish

Matt Kloskowski

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25. Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow


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1 Course Introduction Duration:08:52
3 Camera Gear Duration:11:26
4 Gear Q & A Duration:33:04
7 On Location: Camera Settings Duration:21:59
8 On Location: Composition Duration:27:09
9 Matt Klowskowski - My Story Duration:06:28
10 On Location: Bracketing Duration:15:15
11 On Location: Artistic Choices Duration:16:12
13 On Location: Long Exposure Duration:15:05
14 On Location: iPhone Duration:17:31
15 On Location: Wrap Location Duration:02:15
32 HDR for Landscape Photography Duration:07:54
35 Sky Replacement in Photoshop Duration:18:48
38 Processing Student Raw Images Duration:41:03
39 Final Q&A Duration:14:17

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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.


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.

a Creativelive Student

This class was for beginners and I believe Matt did a great job of giving students an great introduction to landscape photography. More on the practical than technical side, but that seems appropriate for an intro class. He comes across as a "real" guy who loves what he does and is eager to share his knowledge. Those new to photography will get a lot of helpful information and tips in this course.