Yesterday felt like we lived inside a snowglobe. The sky dumped big, white snowflakes for most of the day. As much as I don’t like the cold, even I can admit how incredibly beautiful a day like yesterday was. As the snow began falling heavily I asked the 3 kids nearby if any of them would volunteer to go outside and let me snap a few photos of them. All three were up for humoring their mom and her camera.
85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/400, f/4.0
PHOTO TIP: We don’t get a ton snow in Oklahoma, so I don’t have nearly as much experience shooting in the snow as many of you. However, friends and SnapShop students always ask me for tips for shooting in the snow. I don’t have many but here you go:
- If you want to ‘freeze’ the snow falling, you need a fast shutter speed
- If you want big blurry snowflakes, use an aperture in the range of f/2.8
- Typically, you can use a low ISO
- To capture falling snow, you need a dark background. If your background is light, the snowflakes will blend in. The next three photos demonstrate this concept
85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/400, f/4.0 (all three)
85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/640, f/2.2 (you can see his left eye is a little faded looking, a snowflake is falling in front of it)85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.285mm lens, ISO 100, 1/320, f/4.0 – all in this seriesHe tries real hard to convince us he doesn’t like all her hugs. I am not convinced.