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    by D_M_R Photography » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:51 am

    Going to the snow and would like to know what best settings for camera would be. Have a Nikon D 7000. Any help would be much appreciated.
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    by LOZ » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:20 am

    1 Use a polariser filter that will already take up 2 stops

    2 Take a shot, (assuming you are using A) look at the HISTOGRAM if the peaks are to the right start dialing in (-ev)

    3 leave the DSLR at home

    4 Take a P&S and put it in you pocket it will keep warm and not fog up like DSLRs do in the cold

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    by D_M_R Photography » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:51 am

    So shoot in appetrure mode and say set it to about F/8
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    by Dunnart » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:20 pm

    D_M_R Photography wrote:So shoot in appetrure mode and say set it to about F/8


    That's always a good starting point, but you will need to manually overexpose by 1 or 2 stops. The camera meter exposes for the whiteness of the snow, so other objects, trees, people, cars etc are underexposed (even the snow can look grey). Its generally more pleasing to have the snow overexposed as it improves the whiteness of the snow and the main subject is not some dark blob.

    I would start in Aperture mode, take a photo noting the f stop and shutter speed, then change to Manual mode keeping the same shutter speed and open up the Aperture (from say f8 to f5.6). The other way to do it is as Loz suggests and play with the exposure compensation setting.
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    by Busiboy » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:40 am

    Definitely use the exposure compensation setting, manually exposing for action type shots means a lot of work later.

    I'd say over expose by 1-2 depending on the scene, take a shot, check and see what you like.
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    by fattyman » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:57 pm

    Check your white balance settings too. I remember someone from another forum saying that the whiteness of the snow throws the white balance off.
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    by heartyfisher » Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:59 pm

    There is a Hi key preset setting on the D7000 that should work nicely in snow.. :-)
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    by Busiboy » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:03 am

    heartyfisher wrote:There is a Hi key preset setting on the D7000 that should work nicely in snow.. :-)


    Is it high key or shooting to preserve highlights?
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    by Dug » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:49 pm

    Forget the snow

    Save your money and go somewhere warm and sensible !

    freaking cold freaking wet freaking miserable &&%*&$*&%#*%(&((&((%%@!@@#%%%^%!!!!!!! stuff


    I have yet to have seen anything like this on a snowfield


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    by JazzXP » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:28 pm

    Dug wrote:I have yet to have seen anything like this on a snowfield

    Things are being planned :P
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    by Dug » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:32 pm

    I have a friend who did a series of nudes on a snow field

    On one shoot he said it was so freezing cold he had to stay in the car with the heater going and photograph through an open window ........... while the model was naked in the snow :roll: :wink:
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    by JazzXP » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:42 pm

    Dug wrote:I have a friend who did a series of nudes on a snow field

    On one shoot he said it was so freezing cold he had to stay in the car with the heater going and photograph through an open window ........... while the model was naked in the snow :roll: :wink:

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    by Dug » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:54 pm

    Always happy to share knowledge that will make a photographers life easier ! :D
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    by Busiboy » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:03 pm

    Dug wrote:I have a friend who did a series of nudes on a snow field

    On one shoot he said it was so freezing cold he had to stay in the car with the heater going and photograph through an open window ........... while the model was naked in the snow :roll: :wink:


    That is just, well wrong.

    I believe that photographers should always take sufficent clothing suitable to the task to keep themselves warm.

    Anything less is irresponsible.

    On a serious note, he must have left his handbag at home if he was too cold while the model suffered nude, either that or the model was risking exposure (pun half intended)
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    by Dug » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:43 pm

    Busiboy wrote:
    On a serious note, he must have left his handbag at home if he was too cold while the model suffered nude, either that or the model was risking exposure (pun half intended)


    He was a really good photographer and taught the importance of taking care of models on shoots, he recommended always having warm food and drinks ready and warm dry towels and clothing for models doing cold shoots and cold drinks snacks and shade ready for models in hot weather.

    He was one of the better fashion/model photographers I have known ( and his work was also excellent )
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