Shoot your best snowy scenes this holiday season

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Very early on, in the learning journey for most photographers, the subject of exposing snow will come up. Snow itself is made up of fine particles (flakes) of ice, which have a reflective surface. When this forms a carpet these properties are magnified and the snow blanket appears significantly brighter than the surrounding ’hard’ surfaces, such as rock, wood and metal. 

This sets up a unique brightness challenge, which cannot be easily controlled with accessories (such as filters) in the way that a bright sky can be. If we are not careful, highlight detail can be clipped in the snowy areas, converting these to solid masses of overexposed white. These naturally have the potential to detract from the impact of the scene and cannot be fixed in software, due to the loss of digital information. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

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