12 Tips for Snow Photography || How to Take Best Photos in Snow

12 Tips for Snow || How to Take Best Pictures in Snow

Snow and video position a distinct set of difficulties … and to get the very best shots that require very little editing, there are a few easy (but important) guidelines to follow. Here are 12 ideas to help you get the most from your snowy day!

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00:00– Introduction.
00:11 TIP 1– keep your batteries warm.
00:45 POINTER 2– use your zoom lens.
01:21 IDEA 3– utilize your lens hood.
01:44 SUGGESTION 4– keep your gear dry.
03:04 SUGGESTION 5– polarizer, neutral density filters.
03:38 IDEA 6– keep your gear tidy.
04:10 IDEA 7– overexpose for snow.
04:39 POINTER 8– shoot raw. Always? Constantly.
06:22 IDEA 9– discover your white balance.
07:25 IDEA 10– find the color, make b & w.
08:05 IDEA 11– bring a tripod. yes, truly.
08:56 TIP 12– bag electronic before (going) indoors.

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40 Comments

  1. Great video! I love shooting in the snow, so these are great to keep in mind.
    Where you shot this was so beautiful and serene! It almost looks fake how good it is!

    1. hehe it’s a nice place for sure. Right on the CA/OR border, overlooking what I *think* is called Monument Valley but I could be wrong… basically the base of Mt. Ashland, facing CA. Glad you enjoyed!

  2. On bagging the camera: physics-wise, what you’re doing is letting the camera come back up to ‘room temperature’ in a dry environment. Once the surfaces of the camera itself are warm, they won’t cause humidity in the air to condense to liquid water on contact with those surfaces. (Warmer air can carry a lot more water molecules per cubic foot/liter than cold air.) That means that you also want to take care to make sure the camera is as dry (and free of snow) as possible when you put it in the bag. Rain or snow that goes into the bag with the camera will evaporate into the air inside the bag, which is a source of humidity, which will then condense on the cold surfaces of the bag as the outside of the bag warms up, which is the same as bringing an un-bagged camera into warm, humid air in your car or a building.

  3. to get the right exposure I turn the inside of my left hand (without a glove of course) towards the light source (sun or cloudy sky), position my hand nearly 100% in the viewfinder and press the shutter halfway to get the expose in any automatic mode I want, after this I set these exposure values in manual mode, so that they don`t change until I essentialy change my position for new photos or the light changes or things like that

  4. I’m planning some winter photo/video walks, thanks for the useful tips. Well done!

  5. Thank you for making this video I appreciate your tips. It’s going to snow this week in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom and I’m looking forward to taking some snow pics.

  6. Thanks for the great tips! Living in Michigan we get our share of snow. I had been using a Canon, now I’ve got a Nikon (nothing fancy), but it doesn’t give me blue snow. It blows the snow out, where everything is blindingly white! I’m still working on learning how to adjust that. The rest of your video was very helpful!

    1. Sounds like you might be using an “intelligent” mode that is recognizing that it’s snow, but over compensating for it. Just dial down the exposure compensation a bit and be sure to watch your histogram. It’s the only way to know for sure

  7. I vacuume seal my camera with a food saver and date it and keep it in the freezer. It generally is good for a year or more!!

  8. I like the sound plastic makes when recorded. It’s very soothing. Conversely, the same sound made live is agitating and nerve racking. The crunching sound with a deeper base sound I think make it desirable recorded, whereas live I think it’s higher pitched and crackling rather than crunching. Therefore I think this video is oddly satisfying. I will thumbs up this video and conversely, thumbs down this comment.

    1. LOL that has to be the most thoroughly (de)constructed comment of the year. I love it. I counter your 👎🏻 with a 👍🏻!

  9. Great video and commentary as always. I live in Canada so my winters have many conditions. I admit to struggling with snow. I also own a g85. Thanks for the tips.

  10. On Tip #12 – that same thing in reverse can apply in hot humid climates. When I was in Taiwan last summer I had to bag my camera for about 20-30 minutes after exiting the air conditioned hotel.

  11. Hi folks another tip. Number 12: always keep those silica gel packets you find in packaging and put those into the plastic bag along with the camera. I store my lenses that way too.
    I like that you said about over exposing for snow and explaining historgrams, thank you. All the best

  12. All great tips! Thank you for making this video. But what do you recommend we do before taking the camera outside to avoid lens fog?

    1. It’s unavoidable. Fog is caused by temperature changes and humidity. Just let your camera adjust; it’ll go away. Whatever you do, don’t change lenses while it’s climatizing!

  13. Thanks for the intresting hints. Whatever I m using a GX9 and sometimes a G9 but in M mode it is impossible to use the exposure compensation button. in your video apparently this is possible and only the S changes the iso and the A values ​​remain the same( 220 iso and f.5.0 )what am I doing wrong especially with the GX9.?

  14. Also remember to set your monitor brightness to manual and not to sunny weather. I yust came home after a fieldtrip on a very grey cloudy day shooting long exposure on freesing rivers with snow here and there and when I checked the shots in the monitor its looked nice and ok-exposed. But when I started with post-processing back home they all where under-exposed.. due to the setting on the monitor-screen which was way to bright.
    Also your tip Joseph to set the exposure-compensation + 1 3/4. I take all your good advices with me for my future wintertrips!

  15. Great tips 👍 clear delivery of content. I just shot all day in the snow and swapped lenses so many times without thinking😬👌. The list at the end of the vid was a nice touch

  16. Question from a newbie about to buy his first fancy camera: How cold can temperatures be before cameras, lenses and other equipment are harmed by the weather ? Is the harm from cold weather temporary or permanent ? What kinds of cameras and lenses tolerate cold temps the best ?

    1. Every camera’s technical specs will list a minimum/maximum temperature range. Mostly it’s not permanent; the camera will just stop working until it warms up or cools down. But in extremes it’s definitely possible to permanently damage a camera.

  17. loved your format without bloat, excellent tips… I actually learn something new today, thank you.

  18. Wow. I was just going to run out and grab some shots of our snow here in SC which almost never happens and then my analytical side of my brain decided to get some tips. 😳 thanks for the info! I had no idea about half this stuff!
    ❄☃️❄ SNOOWWWWW DAAYYYYY!!

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