Tips for Photographing in Bright Snow – Exposure problems

A snowy landscape can be one of the most challenging to photograph.  Because the subject of snow scene is very bright, the camera’s exposure meter will assume that the image is too bright.  The camera’s exposure meter will try to render the average tones of the image as a middle gray.  For a snow scene, the average tones are far brighter than middle gray.  An automatic exposure of a snow scene will be too dark (underexposed), producing an image of gray snow.   If your camera allows exposure compensation adjustments or manual settings, increase the exposure by 1 stop to get a photo of beautiful white snow instead.

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