8 Top Snow Photography Tips And Tutorials

If the UK gets a decent covering of snow this winter, here are some tips on how you can capture snow-filled shots.

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The Met Office is promising snow once again this winter which means you may get the chance to perfect your snow photography skills. As the white stuff hasn't arrived just yet, now's the perfect time to read up on the subject so when it does start to fall, you're armed and ready. 
 

ePHOTOzine has covered various aspects of snow photography in previous tutorials which you can find further down the article. For those who just want a quick reminder of top tips, have a read of our bullet-pointed tips.

 

Three Quick But Essential Snow Photography Tips:


Metering - If your white snow scene is looking a little dull, that's because your camera has underexposed the scene. This happens because basically, its meter gets confused by the predominantly white scene. To fix it, advanced camera users can adjust the exposure compensation. For those using compact cameras, switch to the snow scene mode to change your snow from grey to white.

Blue Snow - If you are shooting under a blue sky and your camera underexposes the shot,  you'll end up with blue snow as the scene's being lit by sun reflecting off the sky. Making the changes to settings suggested above can fix the problem or you can try switching from auto white balance to shade.

Depth - Try to find something to lead the eye into the picture otherwise a sense of depth can be easily lost.

 

Snow

Photo by Joshua Waller

 

Snow Photography Tutorials:

 

1. Photographing Snowy Landscapes

What better excuse do we need as photographers than a blanket of snow for wonderful photographic opportunities, but it's important to get a few techniques right to ensure you capture everything at its best.

 

2. Snow Photography Question And Answer

Snow can be quite tricky to capture and can leave many beginner photographers asking questions. To help them out, here we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about snow photography.

 

3. How To Take Photographs Of Snow Scenes

Snow scenes are very picturesque. They make excellent additions to your landscape portfolio but they can be tricky to photograph. Here are some tips to help you take better snow scene photos and make your time in the chilly outdoors more enjoyable.

 

4. Tips On Shooting Snow And Ice

As the snow falls, you'll probably be itching to venture out and capture the scenic delights, but beware, Jack Frost has a few tricks up his sleeve to prevent you getting good pictures.

 

Ice

Photo by Daniel Bell

 

5. How To Take Black & White Shots Of Snow Scenes

Where strong tones in the sky take away from the simplicity of the picture, and especially when the snowy scene is surmounted by a pale, snow-laden sky, the black and white medium can add so much to the image.

 

6. Why's The Snow In My Shot Blue?

We all know the feeling of photographing in snow on a bright, crisp day, only to realise that the snow is coming out blue in your pictures. This is generally due to one or two errors which can be quickly and easily put right, as we explain here. 

 

7. Photographing Snowboarding

Nathan Gallagher gives ePHOTOzine some tips for capturing snowboarders. As well as advice on camera settings and panning, Nathan also shares tips you may not have thought of such as the following: "Build up a good relationship with the people you're shooting, it's a team effort. Besides, you'll be spending a lot of time together if it works out well - many of the people I've shot have become friends for life."

 

8. Taking Photographs In Icy Weather

There are hazards to contend with which are particular to this type of weather. No, we're not talking about the obvious ones like slipping over, not wearing sensible clothing or insufficient clothing, we're talking about feet and tripod feet to be exact! 

 

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