Snow: Photographing Winter’s Splendor
by Amy Stultz (Jan 13, 2006)
After a long winter's night snuggled deep beneath the blankets on my bed there is nothing I love more than opening the curtains to find that the earth has been covered in its own blanket of snow. I love the way the morning sun glistens off it like someone has sprinkled glitter over the ground. I love the way it has the slightest blue cast, but most of all I love waking my kids up to show them the treat that has fallen overnight. There is nothing I do not love about the snow, and as a school teacher I have the added benefit of "Snow Days."
Ok, I lied; there is one thing I do not like about the snow. I do not like taking pictures in the snow. For years I was plagued by washed-out, overexposed photographs. After a little research and a lot of trial and error, I have come up with the following tips for taking perfect pictures in the snow.
Solutions for Point and Shoot and SLR Cameras:
Mom Tip: Pull the hood on your child's coat out over his or her face to shade it from the sun. Then use your zoom or step in close to photograph just his or her sweet little face. This is a great way to capture those rosy cheeks.
Solutions for SLR Cameras:
Taking photographs in the snow can be a challenge; however, when you capture that one perfect image that demonstrates nature's beauty it is all worth the effort. So bundle up, drink your hot cocoa, grab your camera, and head out to discover the beauty of the season.
Photos by Maureen Spell