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Old 05-02-2012, 17:17   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Im new to this site and just an ethusiat in photography i get lots of pleasure from just snapping. I use a Canon 550D and would love to learn more about its settings.. Can anyone advise what it should be on for taking snow images bright light daytime.. thanks
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Old 05-02-2012, 17:37   #2 (permalink)
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Re: settings in the snow

Welcome to Pixalo Sue

If you are using an auto or semi-auto mode the camera will tend to underexpose scenes with lots of snow, so it is best to dial in some positive exposure compensation or use manual mode. The individual settings will vary wiith the scene you are shooting.
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Old 05-02-2012, 19:31   #3 (permalink)
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Re: settings in the snow

As he says
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Re: settings in the snow

I would normally set to either aperture or shutter priority dependant on the shot and take the image. Have a look at it, and see what it needs, snow shots are tricky and so it may need some exposure compensation dialling in to ensure the focal point is correctly exposed. As Dabhand said really......
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Re: settings in the snow

as above, i would always use manual settings in any tricky situation ( i use it in all situations anyway), but the camera is often fooled which is why u can get lots of dark , grey or most commonly blue snow.
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Re: settings in the snow

Agree with above but like all things be prepared to alter. Yesterday, in the snow with a white(ish) dog down by the river, I was going from +1.6 to 2.0 (snow) to -1.0 to 2.0 (river) depending on immediate surroundings!
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Re: settings in the snow

I'd stick with the Aperture and Shutter priority setting to begin with and dial in some exposure compensation (A & S on Nikon not sure about Canon - Av Ts???).

If and when you are comfortable with Manual (M) you'll know because you will want to use it more than the easier settings above.

Personally when I am out and about I tend to use A & S more than manual just for ease & speed. I use manual if I am taking time to compose and being more creative.

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Re: settings in the snow

As said by Mark, manual though but that's me
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Re: settings in the snow

There or also the metering modes that are set in your menu. These are spot/partial/center and evalutive and they select a portion of the zones in your picture to set the exposure speed/aperture. I shoot small birds with spot and will set it for a normal setting of partial for the rest of my shooting because I like to control my shadows. Spot metering is for small objects and partial is for a little larger zone. I can move my camera in a zone either to the lighter side or to the darker side and this works for me. Most people use evalutive as it gives a wider zone to select light from to set the camera exposure. Welcome to Pixalo.
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