Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter is Back

I love snow, then again I ski so of course I love snow and winter photography as well. Here's little photography tip on capturing snow well. Cameras are dumb technology, even a top of the line Nikon D4, why?

When you meter a scene, the on board meter no matter if it's centre weighted like an old manual focus film camera or matrix metered like a top of the line DSLR will read snow as mid point grey under normal exposure, hence grey snow in black and white and blue snow if you're shooting in colour. To get around this, you deliberately over expose by a stop and a half. If you are shooting say film rated at 400 ISO you expose at 250. In case of shooting on a DSLR it's a different ballgame, when you meter you have to make sure you use the exposure compensation feature and set it a stop and half over, now you have a proper exposure, you will have white snow in your photographs.

Camera: Olympus OM-1MD, Zuiko 28 f2.8 lens and MC 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Fuji Superia 400.

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