How to take good snow scene photos?

What are the basics of how to shoot snow scenes, and how to make the photos look better in actual shooting.

·Control parameters, two key elements of snow scene shooting

To shoot snow scenes, you must first learn how to set the parameters reasonably. Compared with normal shooting, taking snow scene photos requires special attention to two issues, exposure and white balance.

·Exposure control, white plus black minus is the basis, reasonable exposure is the principle

The first is exposure control. We often say white plus black minus, which means that in the case of a large area of ​​white, the exposure needs to be increased to make the snow look brighter, so that it will be more white without looking gray. But for cities, large areas of white are not available in all cities, even in cold places, they will be full of other colors.

Therefore, it is reasonable to increase the exposure, but it is enough to increase the exposure by no more than 1EV in the city. Sometimes, due to the serious reflection of the city buildings in snowy weather, the exposure needs to be appropriately reduced.

·White balance selection, cool and warm colors have their own strengths

The second key parameter to be set when shooting snow scenes is white balance. Generally speaking, in most cases, we need to adjust a lower color temperature value to make the color of the photo look colder.

But sometimes, we also use high color temperature values, which are common at sunrise and sunset.

In addition, in winter, especially on snowy days, it is not easy to see a decent sunrise, but by adjusting the color temperature value, plus the appropriate time prediction, you can still shoot the feeling of sunlight.

·Other parameter settings

Other parameter settings for snow shooting are similar to those for daily shooting, but you need to pay attention to the exposure selection. If you are not familiar with exposure, try to use the A file, which is aperture priority, and then shoot with exposure compensation.

In terms of metering options, global metering can be used, which is more practical for snowy weather.

As for the sensitivity and shutter, because the snowy environment is generally dim, and the exposure compensation needs to be increased, a larger aperture and higher sensitivity can be appropriately used. Especially when you need to freeze snowflakes.

To put it simply, snow scene shooting can be summarized as: the more snow, the more exposure, the longer the telephoto, the faster the shutter, the bigger the snowflakes, the more obvious the color temperature is low, the snow is quiet, and the color temperature is high.

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