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  • Photo Tips: on snapping in the snow

    Given the recent flurry of snow pictures hereabouts, I thought people might like to read this:
    It comes from our local camera shop, a seriously knowledgeable bunch who are not competitors for Aria!

    Looking at the pictures posted here, some people might like to look at the section on White Balance. As it says

    "On sunny days with clear blue skies, itís common for snow to appear pick up a slight blue tint".
    There are also comments about shooting RAW, a topic that also came up here recently.

    "If you shoot RAW images, you can change your white balance while editing, regardless of your camera settings at the time of shooting."
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    The biggest tip I can give for shooting in the snow is not to forget to put your SD Card in

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    • #3
      The battery and warm camera are the most forgotten about things to do.

      Not giving your camera time to aclimitise causes condensation on the lens and batteries dont last as long in cold conditions
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      • #4
        Originally posted by alexnifty View Post
        The biggest tip I can give for shooting in the snow is not to forget to put your SD Card in
        And always put the battery in. Went out photographing deer last January. Got all the way there...no battery -.-

        Remember that snow reflects light (presuming you have any sun!) so can be quite good for underlighting
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        • #5
          I don't really agree with the blueish look in snows.

          snow look white IRL, shooting in RAW allows very fine adjustment in colour temperature, so you should adjust it to make snow look as white as possible.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by alexnifty View Post
            The biggest tip I can give for shooting in the snow is not to forget to put your SD Card in
            since I did this a few weeks ago, I now carry a spare SD card in camera bag, thanks to helpful forum tip
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            • #7
              Originally posted by coiler View Post
              since I did this a few weeks ago, I now carry a spare SD card in camera bag, thanks to helpful forum tip
              And another helpful forum tip...

              If you are walking though a dense crowd of people, always check for dwarves in case you trip over one.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wuyanxu View Post
                I don't really agree with the blueish look in snows.
                Not sure what you mean by this.

                Are you saying that they are not blue? Or that you think they should be blue?

                Look at some of the pictures posted here. They show a blue tint.

                You don't have to be scientific genius to realise that the sky is blue and that the snow reflects that.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by coiler View Post
                  since I did this a few weeks ago, I now carry a spare SD card in camera bag, thanks to helpful forum tip
                  Along with a spare battery, I hope.

                  I usually carry three batteries and an extra card.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by michaelkenward View Post
                    Along with a spare battery, I hope.

                    I usually carry three batteries and an extra card.
                    Same here. My main problem is getting the camera to acclimatise to cold weather. Seems to take a very long time to come back to life once it gets cold.

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                    • #11
                      the sky has been cloudy, diffused white all week long.

                      just go out and look at the snow, there really isn't any blue tint.

                      I think snow should be almost completely white, fine tune colour temperature and brightness if needed to make it 99% white just before clipping.

                      The best way is to get a gray card or colour checker, and adjust colour temperature according to that.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wuyanxu View Post
                        the sky has been cloudy, diffused white all week long.
                        Yet all posts about snow with a blue tint have clearly said "on a sunny day"?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wuyanxu View Post
                          the sky has been cloudy, diffused white all week long.
                          Nope. Sunny blue skies in some places. Hence those pictures.

                          But at least we now know that you believe the phenomenon exists.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by alexnifty View Post
                            My main problem is getting the camera to acclimatise to cold weather.
                            When I was snapping with my "mechanical" film camera in the Arctic, Canon advised keeping it inside your jacket and then whipping it out and back in quickly.

                            Compose in your head before using the camera.

                            I didn't do that yesterday. My Canon 400D was even more temperamental than usual. The SX260 HS fared better.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by michaelkenward View Post
                              When I was snapping with my "mechanical" film camera in the Arctic, Canon advised keeping it inside your jacket and then whipping it out and back in quickly.

                              Compose in your head before using the camera.

                              I didn't do that yesterday. My Canon 400D was even more temperamental than usual. The SX260 HS fared better.
                              Tell me about it. My brother took what is now my camera to Mongolia. He had to do the photo ninja thing like you say.

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