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A quick note for those willing to take their cameras and venture out into a snow storm.  Yup, keep’em as dry as you can as snow is made up of water after all!  But many folks ask how they can get great ‘snowing’ photos.  The key is to utilize your stop action techniques from other scenarios for capturing snowflakes as they fall.  That’s when they look their best!  The two photos here are identical except for the exposure used to get the shot.  The one on the left has a shutter speed of 1/125 Sec and the one on the right has a shutter speed of 1/30 Sec.  Doesn’t that one look more like rain than like snow?  In this case I increased my ISO to get the shutter speed to be faster to stop the action.  The aperture is the same for both (f10) as I wanted a lot of depth of field as that island & lighthouse are pretty far away in comparison to the snow & rocks right in front of me.

So, choose the aperture you need for the scene and make sure your shutter speed is faster than 1/125 Sec for just about 90% of snowing conditions.

I’ve added another image below showing a shutter speed of 1/340 Sec for even better ‘stop action’ results.  There is less blur in the snow flakes than in either image above.  What this means is you should take multiple photos at different shutter speeds, review the images and choose the one you like best.  A little blur is ok but a lot is not.  Your goals should be to make the snow flakes look like it’s snowing and not raining.  So, with another snow storm coming up shortly get ready.  Protect your camera & lense, bring your tripod, find a scene you like and get the shot!

Bob Ring


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