Expose for snow
Follow these methods to expose for reflective winter landscapes
Photographing snow can be a challenge, as the camera will automatically compensate for bright scenes, but you you can overcome this with some clever metering methods.
1. Meter midtones. Use manual and set the metering mode to Spot. Look for a midtone and adjust your aperture and shutter speed until the Exposure Level Indicator is set to 0.
2. Use exposure lock. Set Aperture Priority mode when shooting rapidly changing light conditions, retaining control by locking the meter readings using the AE Lock button.
3. Check the exposure. Use Exposure Compensation to avoid underexposed shots. For highly reflective scenes, dial in around +2 stops, checking it on the histogram.
And there you have it – three super easy metering methods to ensure your snowy exposures come out perfectly.
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