Photographing Snow

Ever wondered why your snow scene photos look a little dull and grey, rather than the brilliant white you can see with your eyes?

Newlands Valley, Lake District, UK

That’s because predominantly bright white scenes fool your camera into underexposing them.

To get the snow looking bright white, you need to increase your camera’s exposure. Look for your camera’s exposure compensation setting. On most camera models it is a button with a plus and minus displayed on it, other cameras use a dial. You can also use exposure compensation via the camera’s menu screen.

To get your winter scenes looking snowy white, you need to apply positive exposure compensation.  Around  + 1 compensation is usually about right.

Experiment with a little more and a little less compensation and check the results.