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Taking Pictures of Snow

Usually I am ranting against the use of flash with digital pictures, and that flash should only be used for pictures of a mother-in-law and police mugshots, with very few exceptions.


One of the very few exceptions is when you try to capture falling snow.

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Don't expect big, beautiful snow flakes in night pictures, however, you can capture the mood by using a one second or longer shot and highlight it with a short flash.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

this is my first attempt to take a night picture of our out door xmas tree. ok first attempt of decorating too!...i have a fugifilm finepix 2800zoom digital. What can I do to recreate what i actually see? Oh by the way, HI Helmut! Kate here!

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Kate!

Use a business card or credit card to shield the flash from lighting up the foreground. The power of the flash diminishes with the cube of the distance. Twice as far away there is 2x2x2 times less usable light.

Since the point of interest is the tree, keep the unimportant foreground snow dark.

If the snow is gone, use your graphics program to darken the foreground snow, then lighten the whole picture until it looks the way you perceived it.

Have FUN!


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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

Thanx helmut! Ill try that!

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful

Great picture

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