How To: photograph dazzling snowscapes
Photographer Justin Foulkes explains how to get the best results when shooting snowy scenes, like this one of the Great St Bernard Pass between Italy and Switzerland Keep your camera in a weatherproof holster at your side. I find that if I put my camera in a backpack in these challenging conditions, it will just stay in the backpack. You want the camera to be easily accessible, but still protected from the elements. If you know you’re not going to use your camera for a while, take the battery out and keep it close to your body. The camera’s batteries will lose power a lot more quickly in cold temperatures. Put a person or an object in the foreground to bring a sense of scale and space to an immense snowy scene. This gives a point of focus to the image. Change the camera settings to overexpose the image. This seems counterintuitive because the landscape is bright white, but a camera assumes that the scene in front of it is an average of black and white. If you shoot a snowy scene on a normal exposure, the snow will appear to be grey. Expose more and more as brightness increases – anything up to two stops.