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Taking photos in the snow and a hi
Old 10-01-2006, 03:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if you were to have a photoshoot in the snow, would u need lights or reflection of light off the white snow is enough?, and especially since snow ultimately means water which means having problems with power. What would be the best way of doing this?

Also a hi from me as ive been reading through this forum for awhile (acouple of months) and never said hi, dont have any pictures to show as im still trying to get some good photos from my families fuji s7000 as im pretty much new at all this.
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Re: Taking photos in the snow and a hi
Old 10-01-2006, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Shooting in the snow is usually a challenge. Often the snow will fool the meters in the camera, so you need to compensate appropriately. Here are a few links on tips for shooting in the snow:

http://www.nyip.com/tips/snow0105.php

http://www.forphotography.com/how-tos/snow.shtml

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Re: Taking photos in the snow and a hi
Old 10-01-2006, 10:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've had some experience with shooting in the snow, but it has been Sport based obviously and not Glamour based. It's hard to get a bad shot when the sun is out and bright, it's more of a challenge when it grays out some with cloudcover.

Excellent links RFS!

For the Sport side, snow is fantastic, I'm either shooting with an Olympus C2100 (years past), or an E-500, and usually on Full Auto.

Here is some snowmobile fashion and action, just to brighten things up...





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Re: Taking photos in the snow and a hi
Old 10-01-2006, 12:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For what it's worth, keep your batteries warm. I once shot several hours worth outside on a cold January day with a manual camera, through-the-lens metering...only to discover that the pictures became increasingly overexposed - by the last roll, they were totally worthless. As they get colder, batteries lose their power; the meter became unreliable.

Of course, if I'd had digital, the camera would have just crapped out. But I learned to carry extra batteries inside my coat, next to my body for warmth.
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Re: Taking photos in the snow and a hi
Old 10-01-2006, 02:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good advice on the batteries. Another problem I have had was moving outside from a warm room to find the lens fogged up for a long time. Remember that cameras are generally not water-tight and the change in temps will sometimes give you moisture problems in some parts of the country. I have shot film cameras in the snow, but the new computrized digitals could present a whole different set of problems. Think it through and be prepared.
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Didn't think of that, but one trick that works with film (and SHOULD work with digital) is to zip-lock the camera while it's cold and outside, before returning to the warmth of the car or inside. The cold, dry air won't condense moisture on the cold camera. Wait for all to warm to room temperature before opening the ziplock.
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My Father always told me to dial in 2 stops of exposure compensation (+).....It's worked so far!!!
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JFord, That is sorta my way of beating the condensation problem. I use a small LowePro weatherproof Slingshot bag. It isn't air tight, but it keeps the elements out.

Once the camera goes out into the cold, I wont take it out of the bag unless we are still in the cold. I leave it bagged up in the warm areas (like restaurants/gas stations) until the day is done, never had a condensation problem (so far)

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