How To: pho­to­graph daz­zling snows­capes

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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.

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