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by Phil Ball

Q. I’ve seen many nice photos of snow and winter conditions and I want to take some too. Any suggestions?

A. Photography in cold, wet weather is a lot like photography at any other time with some differences based upon the conditions.

First, keep the camera dry because electronic tools and water do not mix.

Second, keep yourself warm because a cold photographer is not having fun and may shake the camera with shivers.

Third, carry a backup battery close to your body to keep it warm. In cold weather, batteries do not last long so you need a warm spare to take along so you can swap the cold battery for the warm one. Then warm up the battery you removed and it will probably work okay when swapped back into the camera later.

Fourth, don’t trust your camera’s exposure if the scene is mostly white snow or frost. The camera will tend to make it look dark and blue instead of white and pretty. The best solution is to review the photo afterwards and then adjust the Exposure Compensation to the plus numbers to make the camera overexpose the white stuff to make it white. I cannot give you an exact amount because different situations may call for different exposures. This is a case where it may take several exposures to get it right but the beauty of digital cameras is that it costs nothing but a bit of your time to take several photos, each an attempt to correct an incorrect exposure.

Published: Courier 2/6/11 - Page 5C