Tips - Shooting Portraits in the Snow
There is nothing like fresh snow on the ground after a storm for great portraits, but when I first started I found my snow was gray, it wasn't that easy to capture bright white snow and I needed to work more quickly to get my shots due to bad weather. Here are a few things I have found that really help get the best images.
I shoot in Aperture Priority Mode, it chooses the right shutter speed and allows you to quickly change the depth of field. Sometimes depending on the weather you need to work fast with your camera outside and to keep your model happy and dry so this helps a lot!
Getting snow to look white isn't always that easy because of your white balance, the camera gets confused in bright snow with default or automatic settings and turns the snow a dull grey. I've found if I use the cloudy white balance setting it really helps get the snow nice and white or you can manually set your white balance around 6,500 kelvin.
Use your histogram to be sure you are not losing image details in the snow. The histogram will tell you if your highlights are overexposed or blown out. Also, it’s a good idea to shoot in raw so you can make adjustments later when you get home.
Now take some of these tips and get out there and create some stunning winter portraits!
Photo credits: Nancy Ziller.
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