It seems that Mother Nature got a case of amnesia again. On the second day of Spring, she brings back beautiful winter weather!
With the way mother nature’s been so unpredictable lately, who knows, you may be able to use these tips soon again! Also, a facebook friend’s poorly exposed snow photo from today inspired me to share some helpful tips for those who want to take better snow pictures and have manuel settings on their cameras.
The best snowy photos always have a beautiful bright, white look. And you really don’t need a super expensive lens or camera to get great snow pictures! To achieve this look, you must first:
Set the white balance in manuel settings to omit any unrealistic color cast. One could opt for a “cool tone” or a “warm tone” while taking snow pictures but that’s something you’ll have to decide based on what looks better to you. Typically, the cooler the tone or color cast, the more realistic, however, adding a splash of warm tone can give your winter pictures a fresh and vibrant look. Again, try it and see what you like.
The aperature must be at the smallest opening, which is at the lowest number possible – 2.8, 1.4 etc. If you don’t have an aperature that hits these numbers (usually, more expensive lenses will come with an amazing aperature range) don’t fret! You’ll just have to rely on a steady hand, tripod or nearby bench to hold camera still while clicking the shutter button. This long exposure helps compensate for lenses that have really small aperature numbers.
At this point, you will have successfully captured great quality snow pictures. However, for a more dramatic look, you may want to play in color and contrast in the post production stage using any camera editing software program, i.e., basic iPhoto or advanced Adobe Photoshop, Aperature or Lightroom.
I hope this helps! Any questions, please feel free to let me know in comments below.
Check out some of my shots from today’s Spring Winter Wonderland.
Hopefully it’ll start behaving like the “Spring” we’re use to in the coming weeks.