Photo Friday: Capturing Snow-Covered Hills vs. Snow-Covered Scouts

Photo Friday

We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.


Over Exposed

Photographing snowy scenes presents some challenges, but nothing you cannot remedy. The problem that people run into is the camera’s false reading of the snow. If you “meter the scene” and snap a picture like you are used to doing, the snow will turn out grey and everything darker than the snow becomes even darker. Just a little bit of picture and practice is all it takes to master this art. As a general rule, figure out what’s going to be your main focus in the picture. Is it the scenic terrain, flora and fauna covered with snow or a portrait of Scouts posing in front of the snow-covered background?

Tip #1: If snow-covered terrain is what you’re aiming for and you are using a digital point-and-shoot, you should try over-exposing by one or two stops (+1 or +2) to let more light into the camera. Doing this will cause your darker objects to brighten up a little. Remember to use the sun as a light source; not as an object in your picture. Play around with the over-exposure feature and use what works best for you. Your camera’s manual will have information on how to access this feature.

Under Exposed

Tip #2:If the latter is your main focus still using your point-and-shoot, then you should first get up close and personal to take a reading of one of their faces (or skin tone) with your camera. Set your camera according to the readings. You can now shoot from any angle.

Tip #3: Under-exposure in this environment creates dramatic silhouettes. Although not commonly used in capturing special memories, this technique is more appealing to Scouts.

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