The two most important things you look for in composing a snow photo is Tonal Range and Texture.
Tonal Range – term used to describe the range of brightness levels in an image from the darkest to the lightest. For many pictures (but not all) you want this to cover the full range possible from jet black to brilliant white. If it does not, then the image can look flat.
Texture – 1. A structure of interwoven fibers or other elements.
2. The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts
a. The appearance and feel of a surface
b. A rough or grainy surface quality
4. Distinctive or identifying quality or character
How to achieve the perfect composition now that you’ve got your snow boots on:
Using Exposure Compensation
The Correct ISO
Choosing a detail
Exposure compensation is an easy way to correct for improper exposure. It is a “sliding scale” found on most digital cameras, usually indicated with a “plus/minus” sign and a sliding scale, usually ranging from -2.0 on the left to +2.0 on the right. There will be an indicator on the scale that shows where the exposure compensation adjustment is. Usually it is in the middle, at 0. This means the camera will make its exposure and take the picture with no input by you the photographer. In simple terms, adjusting the exposure compensation slider makes the next picture you take darker or lighter. It is forcing the camera to adjust is calculated exposure darker or lighter. You are not setting the actual exposure settings, that is still left up to the camera’s computer, what you are doing is telling the camera that you are not completely satisfied with its calculations and adjusting them slightly.
The Correct ISO try not to go above 1000 to stay away from noise.
Choosing a detail – Find something with a hint of color or exciting contrast in texture.
Photographing Christmas Lights
Things to Try:
Go at Dusk not complete Darkness.
Use a tripod
Keep your ISO low to avoid noise
Bokeh – Creating or buying a kit for your lens. Remember wide open aperture of 2.8 or greater.
Links to all the videos including a few I didn’t include today: