It is one of the rare days in Georgia when it snows. I went outside about 4 hours after the snow started to play with my dog, Jazpur. At first, I used aperture priority and exposed normally. I noticed that Jazpur was under-exposed and then I remembered (from living Up North most of my life), that you have to over-expose when shooting snow pictures. The reason is because the snowy background causes the camera’s light meter to expose for the brightness of the snow, so it is stopping down. This is only true if you are using the default metering mode of Evaluative or Matrix. Switch to spot or center-weighted metering and the light meter will base its exposure on the subject. I had my camera set to evaluative, so the scene was under-exposed leaving me with gray snow and a very drab doggy. So, I over-exposed by just one stop and look at the difference!
Happy shooting and remember to protect your gear if it is snowing.
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