With much of Europe in the grips of a cold spell and the forecast of snow for much of the UK this weekend, there might be a chance to get out with your camera and start snapping away at the white stuff.
But have you ever tried taking photos of snowy scenes only to be disappointed by the grey, dull and uninspiring results? Well you’re not alone. But why does this happen?
Well, modern digital cameras make assumptions – they assume the scene you’re pointing your camera at will have a certain amount of highlights, shadows and mid tones – or to put it another way, bright bits, dark bits and in between bits. The problem with snow is it confuses the camera – it’s just too white, or bright, so the camera compensates (incorrectly) by slightly underexposing the image – making that lovely, crisp, pristine snow scene look grey and dull.
So what can you do? Two options – use the manual mode and adjust your exposure settings to effectively over expose the shot, or you can use exposure compensation and “dial in” a stop or so of compensation – so as far as the camera is concerned, you’re over exposing the image. The result, white snow will once again be white.