Shortcuts: Taking pictures of blizzards
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Here’s a pic of the blizzard currently raging outside my window today:
Some of the colors here naturally appeared from the ISO noise and reflections in the window… so I ran with it.
Photographing falling snow is tricky. Pick a shutter speed of around 1/300 sec and manual focus about 3 feet in front of you with a nice wide aperture for this effect. Snow is very white so it’ll throw your exposure metering for a loop. It thinks the scene is over exposed. If you have a snow mode on your camera, you can try that setting. In aperture or shutter priority, you’ll want to increase your exposure compensation by about 1/2 to 1 full stop.
Uh… that’s to get a picture of snow that actually looks like snow. In the example, I let the camera meter and the snow went to gray… and I darkened it even further. My personal taste to create the final piece.
Be careful out there with your camera! Unless you have a bit of weather sealing, remember to put a bag or something over your camera. Snow is like slow-falling rain and can damage your camera if you’re not careful! Bringing your camera back into a heated house from the cold may also cause condensation inside the camera body too, so beware!