Tips for Shooting in the Snow

Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven

This time of year can bring a challenging photography scenario. Snow.

It can be tricky to shoot – turning out kind of grey or completely blown out. I’ve got a few tips to help you out through so lets get started.

I remember learning how to shoot in the snow in college. Back then we were shooting film and so shooting in the snow was all about bracketing. Bracketing can still be useful in the digital age but you don’t need it quite as much when you can see your images instantly. There isn’t the same worry that you will get into the darkroom and realize that all your images are over or under exposed. 

Being able to see your image immediately after shooting is so helpful in the snow. You can tell right away if the exposure is very wrong. 

Tip One 

The Right Exposure

The biggest hurdle when shooting in the snow will be getting the exposure correct. Your iPhone is going to see all that white and make the assumption that the scene is too bright. This will cause it to underexpose your image and the snow will look grey. Ew. Combat this by taking control of your exposure with camera+2s manual settings. 

While there’s no set exposure that will work every time, i do suggest keeping your iso low (to avoid overexposed snow). Then you can adjust your shutter speed as needed! 

Just watch the light on screen and shoot once it looks right! 

Tip Two

Shoot Raw

The best way to ensure you get a great image is to shoot in raw. As always, raw format is going to capture the most information in your image. This will be essential when you go to edit your snowy snaps. If you do end up with over or under exposed snow there’s a better chance you will be able to fix it in post!  

I think the best tool for these fixes is curves. Pulling the bottom post point and the upper most point in are going to give your image more contrast overall which can help the texture of the snow show up better. 

You can also move the midpoint down if the snow looks too bright or up if the snow is grey. 

The exposure tool can work well here too. Grey snow might simple need a boost of +1 or +2 stops. 

Tip Three

Focus Issues

Snow can be hard for your camera to focus on. Cameras tend to struggle with anything that lacks contrast. Use Camera+ 2s focus point to find the most contrast in your scene. A tree branch or a structure of some kind. 

Tap the screen to find the point and drag it to a spot with more contrast than the snow. Tap again to lock it. 

Also don’t forget,

Shoot fast – snow can be quick to change. Whether it’s melting, still falling, or you’re worried about someone running it with footprints – getting your image quickly will ensure you get the look you ‘re going for. 

and well it’s cold! Your phone and your fingers will thank you if you don’t stay out too long. 

Stay warm! Tag us in your snowy snaps – #cameraplus2

Published by Rachel Johanna

Product Photographer & Marketing Maven