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i have questions on taking snow photos
« on: November 18, 2010, 09:19:19 PM »
Photography has really taken my interest. I am really new to all this and chose the T2i for my first camera. A couple buddies and i are ready for snow boarding season in California. I wanna get some really sick shots of them hitting jumps and just riding down the mountain. I want to make sure i dont over expose or ruin the shots.
So i gues what i am really asking is... what are some recomended settings i could try and fine tune for shooting in the snow and action shots. I currently have the kit lense and a 55-200m lense. If someone can help me out thatd be fantastic. :)

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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 10:57:36 PM »
I just made my first attempt on snow photo with the 550D. On a friend riding a snowmobile.
To get the action a fast shutter is good of course. I aimed for 1600-2000 on the photos I took.
ISO at 200-800 (not sure what the settings are on the photos attached but somewhere there).
I actually forgot to switch on the IS (always off for video) but got some decent shots anyway.

I use Liveview and zoom-focus at a point near where I want to freeze the action.
I always shoot in manual mode and manual focus. Just watch the exposure meter and
snap a testshot BEFORE the rider jumps and zoom in and check that photo for adjustments.
I will be shooting some snowboard for the first time in January so will post some after that.

Shot with the Canon EF-S 17-55/2,8 IS lens and a few with the Canon 50mm 1.8II.


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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2010, 06:50:46 PM »
Hell yeah, those are bad ass shots.  Unfortunately, I live in south Texas and don't get to play in snow..but, these tips will come in handy for sunny days at the beach.
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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2010, 01:51:21 AM »
Thanks Parkey! Say hello to Texas from me! If you ever walk by Stevie Ray Vaughans statue in Austin snap a pic for me! Hehe! My biggest inspiration when playin guitar :)

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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010, 01:08:24 AM »
There's a good chance I'll make it up to Austin for New Years..I will definitely try to snag that pic :)
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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2010, 01:43:19 PM »
These shots are dope. I'm a newbie trying to get the hang of this camera too. So much to learn, I'm excited though. Keep at it.

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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 08:13:44 AM »
I am no expert by any stretch but here is my two cents.

Make sure to shoot in RAW just so that you can adjust the WB afterward. Snow really tricks your camera and often you end up underexposed with blue or gray snow. I always bump up +1 or even +2 in the snow. But again I consider the adjustment to the RAW file afterward to be very critical to the snow shooting.
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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 09:18:46 AM »
This has been a struggle for me.  Based on my experience, I typically set out to make sure that I don't over expose the whites but get it close to that.  That way, black's don't get crushed.

Awesome snowmobile pics by the way!!!
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Re: i have questions on taking snow photos
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 04:24:14 PM »
I read somewhere that they suggested using spot metering or centre weighted.
This should help get the exposure brighter and reduce the darkening of the snow.

I've never tried it but the logic is sound... I think.
The best advise is definately shooting in RAW enabling any necessary white balance adjustments later.
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