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: