Winter Photography

As you may know it's a winter wonderland this time of year. I love the seasons and the snow but it's not always the easiest thing to photograph. In this post I will share some tips for winter photography.

When we take our camera and the camera takes a meter reading of a winter scene, it will render the scene neutral. Therefore the scene will come out gray and muddy. Similarly if you have a dark scene it will render the scene gray and muddy as well. So how do we fix this in camera? I shoot in raw to help preserve the information I need to make color adjustments but to fix this in camera you will need to dial in some exposure compensation.  I shoot in aperture priority and on my camera it's easy as turning a wheel on the camera. Check the manual to learn how to use your exposure compensation.

With a primarily white scene it's often a good idea to dial in 1 to 2 stops of exposure compensation to help make the whites look white. Examples of this would be a winter scene, a cloudscape, anything else where white is the primary color. On the other end if you are photographing a dark scene it is often a good idea to dial in -1 to -2 stops of exposure compensation to keep the blacks black.

So when photographing a winter scene dial in some exposure compensation to get the snowy white beautiful  landscapes.

Cooks Meadow in Yosemite National Park is a great place to practice winter photography.