David’s tips

Cornwall Life - - CAPTURING CORNWALL -

If the snow in your pho­tos is grey then you should over­ex­pose a lit­tle, or wait for the sun to shine; snow can look blue in shadow ar­eas or if there is a lot of blue sky, if you don’t like this ef­fect try to take pho­tos when the sun is lower in the sky or com­pose pho­tos with less dom­i­nant shadow ar­eas. Fore­ground is im­por­tant in land­scape photography. If the fore­ground is dom­i­nated by snow it is im­por­tant to look for tex­tures and shapes within the snow. Avoid in­clud­ing large, plain white ar­eas. Snow pho­tos can work well in cloudy or sunny con­di­tions but sun­shine will help to bring out tex­tures in the snow and make the sky more dra­matic; I tend to find that wood­land snow scenes are best when it is cloudy.

It’s im­por­tant to ex­pose the pho­tos care­fully so that the snow is bright but not over-ex­posed; when tak­ing the pho­tos you should re­view your im­ages and look for high­lights (most cam­eras can be set to show over-ex­posed ar­eas; see your cam­era’s man­ual).

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