It is the end of the year and is the best time for taking pictures in snow-covered landscapes. Most professional camera bodies are both weather-sealed and freeze proof, but if you’re working with a non-pro body, then you should not go to outside in conditions like, with a naked camera and unprepared. This blog will help an intermediate and beginner to learn about how to deal with extreme situations and take full advantage of photography and nature.
What type of lens should you choose for snow photography?
A Telephoto lens, a standard lens, or a Macro lens, are you confused about what lens you should choose to shoot with your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera to yield the most suitable Images? Well, if you have decided to bring out any camera lens, then the biggest hurdle you would be face that how to changing it in falling snow conditions. If you take off camera lens on a cold, snowy day, you might end up getting some condensation inside the Camera lens or even on the lens sensor, and that’s not going to be suitable for the camera lens and the excellent snow photography. Our best suggestion for you would be to use a Zoom Lens as it is a great choice, and the reason is that you don’t have to change lenses while you are out in the open.
The other best way to reduce the risk of damaging your Camera lens is to consider using lens shade or lens hood. Lens hood is an accessory that keeps away the Sunlight and reduces the creation of flares and helps the lens from falling snow on the front element of a camera lens. If the snowflakes are landing on your camera lens, and then they settle on your lens screen, it may cause a big problem. When it melts, it will end up creating smears on your photos, and that will ruin all the other photographs too.
Camera LENS FILTER FOR SNOW LAND
Every day, you may not shoot with a lens filter, but on a snowy day, it is a great time to break out the polarizer or the variable neutral density filter. The polarizer will help your camera lenses to cut through the glare in day time for your object a little bit to look blue and more vibrant. In simple words, it darkens skies, manages reflections, or suppress glare from the surface. A Variable Neutral Density filter could be used in terms of a photographer to reduce the amount of light coming into the camera. It will enable you to shoot with a shallow depth of field.
When you’re on a bright sunny day or if you’re shooting stills and you want to shoot long exposures that allow you to do that too. Ultra Violet Filters could also be used in terms of blocking the harmful rays from the camera lens and camera.
Extra precaution with microfiber cloths
If you are shooting in an open location, it’s essential to keep your camera lens clean. Still, in an environment like this, the odds are that the lens and camera are going to get wet and dirty pretty quickly. We recommend you to keep at least one microfiber cloths or a couple of them if it’s possible with you in your jacket pockets for camera and camera lens. The most important point is keeping one microfiber cloths dedicated just for your camera lens, so you know that all that it ever touches is going to be the lens itself. To use another one may be a bit bigger in term of size for the camera body; this way, if your camera gets wet or gets covered in dirt or snow, you have a dedicated cloth for cleaning Camera Body.
Keep your batteries long-lasting in winter
When it comes to camera batteries at an extreme temperature, it becomes the biggest enemy to all kind of electronics photography Equipment’s. Either if you’re in an extremely hot or severe cold condition, your camera batteries aren’t going to be sustainable in both the weather conditions. If you’re keeping your camera batteries inside your jacket pocket or in your camera bag, they’re going to get affected by the temperature. The big difference in temperature causes the sudden drain or malfunctioning of battery due to an extensive cold environment, and mostly, the energy of the camera battery starts to drain fast.
If you want a solution to this, then we suggest you keep them on an inside jacket pocket, then you’re going to keep your batteries nice and warm and ready to shoot. So what you want to do is keep your batteries as close to body temperature as you can. The body temperature will not only be handy, but when you need them, they’ll be held at a suitable temperature so they’ll last even longer when it comes to shooting in a cold, snowy environment.
Auto white balance on a snowy day may not be the best option to rely completely upon for perfect capturing of snow colour. If The auto setting lean towards blue, and the picture ends up with a kind of fresh blue snow it won’t be perfect. On the other hand If you try to compensate it in the other direction, then you will end up getting yellow snow, and that’s not good either for the photo. We recommend you to try using the cloudy white balance setting or manually set your white balance around 6,500 kelvins, and you are good to go against the Auto White Balance setting.
How to Save Interchangeable Lens Camera from Condensation?
At the end of a day shooting in the snow before you head back inside, it’s a good idea to take your camera and put it inside of a plastic bag. It is due to that when you go into a pleasantly warm climate or even inside your car, your camera could start to build up condensation. That condensation could take a long time to dry out, so you’re better off putting it inside of a sealed plastic bag and letting the condensation accumulate on the outside of the pack. Before you put it into your plastic bag, make sure that you take out your memory cards, So you can start editing the photos that you shot today, so go ahead and get that camera into a bag seal that bag up tight squeeze out some of that air first. Now you’re ready to start clicking some good photos of Snow in Canada, and if this blog is helpful to you, then do tag us on our social media handles.
How to Correct Exposure for the perfect Snow shot?
One of the biggest challenges when shooting in the snow is getting an accurate exposure, and that’s because the snow being so bright and white. A camera meter sees the world as 18% grey, so if you point the camera at something that’s pure white like this pile of snow, then the cameras is going to interpret that as grey, and it’s going to expose it from grey. Together with snow photography, it’s a fantastic idea to overexpose to compensate for your camera’s automatic metering system would be calibrated for mid-grey. Only transfer your exposure compensation dial-up by 1 to 2 stops, and you’ll have white snow on your picture.
Choose Raw Image over JPEG Image
Just in a hypothetical scenario if you lose and essential component while taking the picture then in editing you have the data to manipulate the brightness, exposure and white balance. If you want a great shot then to be on the bright side you have to be prepared for every possible way to produce best image, after all, we’re shooting the snow.
To rectify the overexpose shots of reading white colour as grey most professional photographer usually use exposure compensation between one and two stops over closer to two before you’re going to find that exact right Exposure for shooting for the white snow.
More formally, RAW is a kind of image file that’s minimally processed, and JPEG is a process of digital image compression. The RAW image data is best as RAW image data can be afterward edited, and even though the photo is overexposed, you can always edit as you desire it to be. While shooting with a JPEG image, it might not be a good option for Mirrorless and DSLR Camera, because as the JPEG images do not offer original image data, and cannot be Edited any Exposure and White balance afterward. White snow photography can be quite beautiful if you’re shooting raw, of course, as you have the option to adjust any time. However, if you like, so play with it in color, black and white, and see which one looks better. Remember, if you don’t get a perfect picture. You’re shooting a raw image; you can fix it without a problem, and the snow being predominantly white means your scenes are going to be pretty monochromatic.
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