Snow Photography

Chill Out With Some Cool Pictures

It's hot as heck here today in Croton on Hudson, NY. 

To cool off, I did a search on my hard drive for ice and snow pictures I have taken over the year. These photos from the Ice Hotel ( in Quebec, Canada popped up. 

The Ice Hotel is a cool place to photograph and visit. You can sleep in the hotel (on a bed of ice covered with cozy blankets), or do as I did: sleep in the cozy lodge next door.

Enjoy the photos - and keep cool.

Here are a few photo tips if you go:
• Shoot HDR to capture the entire dynamic range of the scene. New to HDR? Here is an article that will help you get good HDR images.
• Use a polarizing filter to reduce reflections on the ice.
• Use a tripod at night for steady shots.
• Bring your wide-angle lens for indoor shots. The wider the better.
• Check your camera's histogram and make sure your highlights (ice, snow and lights) are not washed out.
• Keep extra batteries warm inside your coat.
• In Lightroom or Photoshop, use Shadows/Highlights to fine tune your images.

I'll be back in Canada in September, giving a seminar in the comfort of a meeting room. I'm also leading an HDR shoot - in a field with NO snow. 

Explore the light - and keep cool,

Family Photo Tips All This Week. Day 5: Add +1 When Shooting In the Snow and Sand

The Sammon MCS-5200 Snow Removal Machine. Power not included.
I am have fun getting my pictures and photo tips together for my talk on family photography at the Upper West Side Apple store on February 26th in NYC. 

While I am in the family photo mood, I thought I'd post some of my favorite family photos and tips here on my blog - along with some of my travel photographs that illustrate the same basic techniques.

Today's Tip: When shooting in the snow (or at the beach) set your exposure compensation at +1.

When shooting in the snow, or at the beach, set your exposure compensation to +1 for an accurate automatic exposure. Why? Because all that snow and sand can fool your camera's exposure meter into thinking that the scene is brighter than it is, resulting in an underexposed image.

Here is another tip: Spend as much time with your kid or kids as possible. And have as much fun as possible.

As illustrated below, you can use this technique when photographing animals in the snow, too!

I took the photographs above during one of my chilly photo workshops. :-)
All of these pictures were taken with my Canon 100-400mm IS lens:

Explore the light,

P.S. If you plan to shoot in the snow (or rain), check out the Op/Tech camera cover: