white balance?

13 years 8 months ago #7348 by DChavez
I was wondering if someone could help me. I have a hard time taking pictures of snow. do i need to change my white balance setting?


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13 years 8 months ago #7351 by EdG
I'll be checking back to see what help you get on this. I am ver interested!


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13 years 8 months ago #7378 by Solstar
If you think you are having white-balance problems, try shooting in RAW. That will allow you change the white balance after the fact to match the conditions or the look that you want. RAW will also allow you to fiddle with contrast to help get a different look. If you have a polarizing filter try a few shots with that and see how it changes your results.


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13 years 8 months ago #7385 by Nod
Try metering off of something other than the snow, if you meter the snow the camera will try to make it gray. If it's a clear day, meter the sky or if it's cloudy, meter off of a tree or something darker than the snow. Or as suggested, shoot in RAW and fix the whites later.


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13 years 8 months ago #7386 by Screamin Scott
Normal rule of thumb was to overexpose the scene by 1 1/2 to 2 stops...Otherwise the cameras meter tries to record the snow as a "neutral gray"...Of course this is just a starting point as different scenes will have different amounts of snow reflecting light, it would be best to bracket your shots...

Scott Ditzel Photography

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13 years 7 months ago #7725 by DChavez
Okay I have another bone head queation..RAW? How do I do that? I'm going to have to do some research. Thanks for taking the time and the help!


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13 years 7 months ago #8102 by Solstar
RAW format allows you to edit a number of parameters in the image before converting it to another format (generally JPEG). RAW takes in all the information the sensor can without compressing it. You will need software to make the adjustments, though this is generally provided with your camera. Using RAW has saved me more than once when I made modest exposure or color mistakes.


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