Get Snapshot Savvy with Snow

Shooting powder-perfect shots acn be tricky. We have the answers fro getting pristine photos every time!


1. When is the best time to snap snow photos?

Avoid the harsh high-noon sun that creates heavy shadows. Instead, aim for morning or late afternoon photos when the light is better. Look for open shade with indirect sunlight. If the sun is still too bright, set your ISO to 100 or 200 and bump up the aperture to allow less light into the lens.

2.  Why does snow look gray in my photos?

Cameras see everything as middle gray, so they underexpose stark white objects. To compensate, set a custom white balance, filling your frame with clean, well-lit snow. Some point-and-shoots offer custom white balance or include Winter or Snow settings that automatically adjust for snowy scenes.

3. How do I get rid of harsh shadows?

Outsmart your camera. In auto mode, your camera will shoot without a flash on sunny days. But when there’s snow on the ground, light bounces and creates shadows on your subject. To avoid this, turn on your built-in flash—it will put extra light on your subject, eliminating shadows. Make sure to get close. Most flashes won’t reach more than 10 feet. See the before and after below.



4. What is the advantage of shooting in snow?

Because snow acts as a giant reflector, use your snow-covered landscape to bounce the white from below into your subject’s eyes, creating catchlights. Position your subject so the sun is to the side (not glaring in her eyes), crouch, and get in close for the best reflections. See the example below.



5. How do I eliminate blurriness on sledding, skiing, and snowboarding shots?

To get crisp photos, use your camera’s Select focus and focus on a place slightly ahead of the moving object where you want to capture the image. Press down the shutter when your subject reaches this spot. See the example below.


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  1. Sometimes, when my flash is too bright to use, but I cannot go without it because pictures get to dark, I cover it with a piece of paper tissue.

    It lets through just as much light as I need to make nice photos without the flash ruining them.