Winter Photography

Hey Canada! Welcome back to Posterjack’s blog. My name is Burke and I have been a photographer for over 20 years…..yes, yes, that kind of dates me, but don’t worry I am up-to-date on all the great new technologies that are available to us in 2011, like great news that Kodak is bringing out a new 1000 ISO film……wait….that was back in 1985….lol! Okay I promise not to talk about things that you have no idea of, or are in special display cases at the ROM.

What will I be doing on these blogs??

Over the years, I have been asked every question in the book about photography. We will be discussing tips that every photographer can use in their day to day photography. There will be a new blog every 2-3 days with new tips on how to improve your photography, weather you are a seasoned pro or a weekend warrior, there will be useful tips that can be applied. There will also be great links and maybe even some great photography(eye of the beholder) to be seen on this site…..mostly mine(since I own the rights)….so I hope that you like it! If there are questions, comments, or if you would like us to comment of your photography, please share it with us.

Our first subject is: “Winter photography”

Shooting winter photography and is a great excuse to get outdoors into the fresh air. There is something spectacular about a beautiful winter scene that is so fresh, crisp and clean. Capturing winter scenes are really challenging. You really need to understand what the camera is thinking when trying to photograph the snow. The bases of all camera metering systems are to achieve a neutral grey or “technically” 18% grey. What the heck does this mean?? This means that if you take a picture of a white wall on auto exposure, the photo will end up looking like a grey wall or more specifically a wall that is pretty close to 18% grey. Therefore, keep this in mind when you are shooting a winter scene because you are essentially taking a picture of a scene with 90% white in it. To compensate for this, you need to overexpose the scene. For SLR’s (single lens reflex cameras) this is pretty easy to do. Find the “+/-“ button and move this to the “+” side by at least 1 stop or even a little more, or if you are in manual control, simply overexpose the scene +1 or more stops depending on the amount of white in the scene. Some point and shoot cameras will also have some kind of compensation button that you can use to overexpose the scene. It will look like this “+/-“. Great exposures mean great photos and these are the ones that make great “poster art” (hint hint!) for your walls.

Have fun with this and enjoy the winter months. You will feel better and refreshed after a great day of shooting beautiful pictures in our Canadian winter….after all that’s part of the reason why we live in Canada…….eh?

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