Because we recently got some snow in Flagstaff, here’s a quick tip for shooting snow! Your camera tries to read your mind, and it’s not always good at it! For reasons I won’t go into here, your camera sets the exposure for middle ground, which will turn your snow gray. As we all know, fresh snow is bright white! Find the “exposure compensation” on your camera and move it to +1 or +2 and see what happens. If +2 is too bright, try somewhere in between. Does the snow look more like it does to your eye?
Here’s an example… The first one is what the camera “wanted” to do. But for the second one, I set the exposure compensation to +1.5.
*Of course I must acknowledge Joel’s Digital Photo Basics class for this great tip!