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Snow Exposures

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Recent snowfalls create many opportunities for memorable images. But properly exposing these images is difficult. Because of the way exposure meters are calibrated, cameras tend to misread the actual brightness of snow. So, unless adjustments are made, beautiful snowscapes will appear dull and grey. While many adjustments can be made to images through digital processing, image quality can suffer. It is best to use the right exposure when the photo is taken. For snow images, I recommend exposing between 1.5 and 2 stops beyond what the camera's meter recommends. For most photographers, this can be accomplished using the exposure compensation dial. Today's image was taken at Jack Layton Park.



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