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Old 03-02-2009, 20:50   #1 (permalink)
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Snow shots?

Hi All, can someone please advise me on what settings, with a Nikon D300 with a 50mm 1.8 lens will get best results of a snow shot? I tried taking one the other day on 'P' mode without any success.
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Re: Snow shots?

MY guess would be either to use a polarising filter, or perhaps an ND/grad ND
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Old 03-02-2009, 21:05   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Snow shots?

Try plus two stops on the exposure compensation.
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Re: Snow shots?

OK,Im still learning but i think.. the metering system works on a the assumtion that the subject being photograhed is a mid- tone [18 % grey] . this normally produces correctley exposed results, but subjects that are much lighter or darker than average may fool your DSLR.
Light subjects, like a snowy scene, or a pale fllower are often recorded too dark [ underexposed ] , as the camera attempts to record them as mid tones,. Similarly , very dark tones subjects ,like a black cat or a scene boasting a large area of shade are recorded as too light [overexposed ].
i think what you need to do is dheck your Histogram [chimping] to see what is right for your exposure.
i'm sure if i'm wrong the guys here will chimp in
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Re: Snow shots?

On P your camera will read for the snow and turn it into neutral. Tends to underexpose, loses the brightness and ends up with a dull scene. This is why P&S compacts have a Snow/Beach setting, does it for you. You have far more control though with a top class SLR like the D300. You need to dial in some exposure compensation. The histogram is a great guide.

Plenty of Nikonites out there to give you better advice though

EDIT once again my one fingered typing lets other get advice in first

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Re: Snow shots?

As said, over-expose and check your histogram until you get it right.
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took me ages to write that with my toes.
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Re: Snow shots?

Dabs gave the short answer, and bain gave the long answer explaining why you need to dial in a couple of stops of exposure. Actually I do just under two stops (one-and-two-thirds stops) as I find that two stops tends to blow out highlights.


An e.g. of settings, as you requested:
  • Camera set to A (aperture priority) mode.
  • Make sure you have exposure compensation increments set to 1/3 in custom settings.
  • Metering set to centre-weighted (some will say use spot, but not necessary).
  • Meter off the snow, and dial in one-and-two-thirds exposure compensation. This will decrease your shutter speed, so make sure your shutter speed remains fast enough to avoid camera shake - if necessary, increase the ISO to maintain a fast shutter speed if light is low.
  • OR meter off some foliage if there is some (or pavement, wall etc.), so there's no need to worry about exposure compensation, as foliage (etc.) will render as mid-tone.
  • Check your histogram.
  • If there's snow, snow + more snow in the scene, don't worry if the histogram doesn't show a full range of tones - tones will most likely be bunched up at the RHS, this is ok - just make sure that the highlights don't run off the scale at the highlight end (RHS) of the histogram.
  • View the pic, if it looks ok on your camera monitor, it's probably ok
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Re: Snow shots?

You need to compensate on the exposure, set + 1 for starters.......I have no problem with my D300...Its always set on Aperture Priority, on very bright snowy scenes I just give it a bit more exposure, but you can always adjust in P/Shop afterwards.... but getting it right first time in the camera is best! I have not ventured out this year in the snow. I have enough snow pictures.
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Re: Snow shots?

Depends to a certain extent on the subject/scene but I was finding two thirds to one stop sufficient on my garden birds - any more and the snow was blowing out (and I still needed RAW Recovery in some shots). Mind you, there was no set rule as the backdrop varied from snow to dark vegetation, from harsh winter sun to cloudy - all good practice for rapidly changing settings!
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