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Winter Photography, Tips and Tricks

Winter is a photographer’s biggest test.  And it can also be their greatest reward. If you’re up to braving the elements, you can capture some fantastic images.

Here’s a little secret about photography in the Winter.  The air is clearest when it’s cold.  That’s right.  No murky brownish skies.  No marine layer.  No campfire smoke.  It feels like you can see forever.  El Capitan covered in snow (1 of 1)And if you’re a fan of those super sharp, in focus from your feet to infinity, landscape photographs, all of that clear air will just make your day.

So, it sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Just put on your waterproof boots and a parka and you’re ready to bring home the goods.  Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.  That’s because as advanced as cameras have become, they’re nowhere near as good as the eyes in your head.  The exposure meter in your camera sees snow as one great big overexposure.  So when it tries to adjust for all that whiteness, the meter does what it’s supposed to do – it compensates.  Unfortunately, your camera will compensate for white snow so much; you’ll end up with a dark gray photograph that will make you wish you stayed in your motorhome’s nice warm bed. Continue reading