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Feb 10, 2011 15:06 |  #1

Greetings folks.
Been silently observing and taking in info from the forum for a few weeks now. Am going skiing in France in a couple of weeks and am looking for some tips on action shots. I half understand issues about white ballance with regards to snow and the like, but would like a somewhat clarified explanation regarding this. I'm taking a 550d with a 50mm 1.8 prime and a 55-250 canon. This will be taken out on a limited basis due to the fact I'm going for the skiing mainly. On the other hand, I will be taking a Sony DSC TX5 p+s which is waterproof and buffoon proof to an extent, and has some good manual capabilities.

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Feb 10, 2011 21:23 |  #2

Well when it comes to snow it is not so much white balance as exposure. Let's just focus on this. There is Black, White and Grey. Your cameras light sensor always wants to balance things out. Half way between Black and White is Grey.

If I took a shot of my driveway in the winter and half the image had snow and the other half had black pavement I would have a perfect exposure. Equally balanced shot so the snow would look white and the driveway would look black.

However if in the same scene I took a picture of the snow only (pure white) my camera would try to balance it out and I would get an image that looked grey.

If in the same scene I took a picture of the pavement only (pure black) my camera would try to balance it out and I would get a image that looked grey as well.

Rule of thumb. It there is a lot of white in the image overexpose 1 to 2 stops. If there is a lot of blue sky or your friends take up 50% of the image you should be OK at normal exposure. No need to adjust.

Here is a sample where I did not need to adjust exposure. A good mix.

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Feb 11, 2011 10:55 |  #3

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Feb 11, 2011 14:34 |  #4

Here's what I did for a skiing shoot a few weeks ago that got me decent results. I liked it better than the exposure compensation method in av/tv mode.

Shot RAW and in M.

Chose the shutter and aperture I wanted to use, then took shots of the snow and used the ISO setting to chimp the histogram as far to the right as I could without clipping. Took my shots with those settings while making slight adjustments as the lighting changed.

In PP, I backed off the exposure a bit to make the snow less blown out (typically 1/2 a stop, a little more in a few cases). Then used fill light to brighten up the subject and used the blacks slider if the color was washed out from fill light.


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Feb 14, 2011 13:16 |  #5

Thanks for the input guys. I'll take it on board.




  
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