A&P Tips for Shooting in Snow? v.winter storm coming

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  1. Wobistdu

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    Tomorrow the NE is supposed to get like a foot of snow. I'd like to try and snap some pics outside. Any tips?

    I have to reread my one book that discusses snow and reflectivity. I remember it saying the camera will try and meter the snow wrong and it will look grayish, but I can't remember.

    Any other tips?
     
  2. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    dont blow out the snow, and dont make the snow gray. Make sure to bring hand warmers for your batteries. you want them in the same general bag but not sitting next to the batteries.

    Remember Snow is white and will act as a huge reflector, so when adjusting exposure, be sure your subject is not overexposed.
     
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    You can try metering an 18% gray card...
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    :wtc: dont have one. isn't there a trick to meter your hand or something?
     
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    The meter will try and render the snow grey, underexposing, don't let it. +EC and watch your histogram.
     
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    as everyone has said, make sure to adjust your exposure to compensate for shots that are mostly white from snow.

    Secondly, watch your white balance. Snow has a tenedency to throw off AWB and everything ends up blue.

    Keep your batteries warm.

    Keep the camera dry, especially keep snow off the lens. If snow gets on the lens, wait till it melts to wipe it off to prevent scratching the glass.

    Try not to go straight from a warm room/house and right out in to freezing cold temps outside or vise versa. This can create condensation issues. Try to acclimate the equipment by having it sit in your camera bag for a while before pulling it out.

    that's all i can think of at the momment. Oh, and have fun of course :)
     
  7. Wobistdu

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    thanks for all the info guys. very helpful :bowdown:

    do i have to keep the battery warm that is in the camera? i doubt i'll bring a 2nd battery. the d90 can do like 500-600 shots on 1 battery. me freezing my ass off won't last for that anyway
     
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    It's $2 at a camera store.
     
  9. Wobistdu

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    oh? then price isn't the problem. i just wont be able to get to a store to get it before the blizzard.
     
  10. turbodude

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    bring more. the cold will drain ur battery life substantially.
     
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    Landing at Reagan late Sunday afternoon. Wish I was flying in sooner so I could enjoy the snow :big grin: Keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas and that we get even more so in MoCo
     
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    Oh. And a tip, look for some abstract stuff to shoot, but if you make it across the river, there'll be a lot of fun with the snow and monuments. Kind of hard to get shots like that most of the time, so I'd make it a priority if you're down.
     
  13. Wobistdu

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    awesome advice guys. i will try to remember all of it. i would like to get shots of the DC monuments and show them in a way few people ever see. i'd love to get a shot of the vietnam wall with snow laying against it

    i only have a rodenstock UV filter and a 0.9 ND filter. would either of these help in the snow? i guess a polarizer would be the best but i don't have one
     
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    Thinking of doing a photowalk in downtown fredericksburg tomorrow, should be interesting if we really get all this snow. I used a .9 ND a lot when i was in Montana, helped with the snow, could open up a bit for shallow DOF if you wanted. Polarizer will help if we get any blue skies maybe :dunno:
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    yeah weather.com is predicting the end of civilization as we know it
     
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    Foot of snow is nothing :)
     
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    get the awaking giant or whatever it's called. maybe the einstein statue too. korean war memorial.

    also, don't slip on the marble, some guys are lazy with salting around DC.

    also, maybe go to arlington. :hs:
     
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    On winter icicle viewing hikes in some caves near my area I keep my battery in my t-shirt pocket. Then I usually have a hooded coat and then a full body suit over that. I put the battery in the camera only when needed.

    Its usually -5 deg out when I go on that hike. A buddy didn't do it and his battery lasted 5-10 minutes once we got down to the cave area to start shooting.
     
  19. Wobistdu

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    well it looks like i might be banned since every OTer that starts an argument with me in the main takes shit personally and cries for a ban when i piss them off.

    so i'll post pics if i get out when i get back
     
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    :ugh: OT has turned into a bunch of vaginas
     
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    :werd:

    you should see how bad WMD got. all they ever say is how much they hate me and why don't you leave. i leave and they make threads in there calling me out :rofl:

    the mod over there shut them up real quick though.
     
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    :werd: I read the front desk page.. it's like what the fuck you vaginas, put him on your ignore list if he twists your knickers so much
     
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    yeah i suggested that. they are too good for that :rolleyes:
     
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    we have a foot and it's still coming down. Not sure i'm gonna do that photowalk this afternoon.
     
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    Yea we have a foot here already and the heavy snow is supposed to hit later today.
     

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