Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1240 (1:12:20)

Chris Marquardt

With the first snow of the season, Chris has a few tips on shooting in the snow. First - keep your batteries warm. Keep them in your pocket and if your camera battery life is short, take the battery out and warm it up.

Avoid the bright sun. An overcast sky is easier for the camera. Be mindful of your footsteps. If you come across a wonderful scene, you don't want to mar it with footsteps.
Snow also tends to come out too dark or gray in pictures. This comes from the camera adjusting due to the ambient light of the reflective snow. So use exposure compensation to adjust for that. Turning up the brightness by a stop or two will help your camera sensor to handle the reflection. Histogram wise, you want the snow to be in the upper right half. Shooting birds in flight over snow is a great idea because of this.

Shooting in black and white works great in snow. Snow tends to give a monochome vibe anyway. Snow Photos are also great for printing because they use very little ink.

Don't forget our current assignment - ORANGE. You have one more week to take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Orange" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Orange" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on our next photo contest review segment!