Winter provides a large number of opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but it poses some serious challenges as well.
- Snow as a subject and as a background.Your camera’s efforts to expose for an 18% grey image leads it to adjust exposure down from what the snow presents. Thus you have to compensate by forcing the exposure upwards somewhat (usually from 0.3 to a full stop). Check your LCD for results and adjust accordingly. This should overcome that grey or blue effect you sometimes get otherwise.
- The cold itself.You and your camera both feel the cold. Outside for some time, you enter a building and both your glasses and your camera’s surfaces get a foggy condensation forming on them. This can potentially harm the camera. To prevent it, place your camera in an airtight bag before entering the building. After the camera reaches near-room temperature you can remove it and enjoy it normally.Batteries operate at much lower efficiency when in very cold conditions. Be sure to have spares on hand, and keep them in your clothing where your body temperature can help keep them optimal. If shooting extensively in extreme conditions, you may want to invest in specially-designed memory cards that withstand these conditions as well.
Beware of putting a wet body or lens cap on your camera. Always examine and clean, if required, before placing them on your camera.
Hopefully these tips will help make your Winter shooting an even happier experience!