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Feb 23, 2014 12:22 |  #1

Need some thoughts? Help, etc.... I feel like they are underexposed however it I increase exposure I feel like the snow starts to look blown out?! What can I do? I have LR4, and CS6... Is it something as easy as more fill light? I can't seem to find what works... Thanks in advanced...

Steep Avalanche Field (Foggy, snowy day)

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Terrible "light" today, just makes for difficulty in getting the details
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Feb 23, 2014 12:55 |  #2

if you have shot it in raw it is possible to improve it a lot . i like fogy. dark snowy, weather. these scene look very dull on camera lcd . but response very good in post processing.
for such scene in CS5 i use adjusing levels in luminosity mode to get fine details out of snow . to avoid overblowing the highlights use brush tools to mask the highlights.




  
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Feb 23, 2014 13:33 |  #3

With shooting in snow, Though it doesn't help you with these images. I like to Bracket expose in 2 stop incriminates using 3 shots in total. You could do a 5-7 shot using 1 stop incriminates to get a touch more out of the image if you prefer, depending on wind, snow blowing, trees moving etc.

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Camera: Sony DSC-WX80
Lens: 4.5-36 mm f/3.3-6.3
Shot at 4.5 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/800 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100

A smaller aperture will give you more detail. (Like F/16)

If you don't have bracket exposure (i am not really familiar with your camera). Shoot in manual at a smaller aperture like F/16 @ iso 100 (assuming that you are using a tripod). You can take multiple shots and merge them together (if shot in RAW). In LR select the images and right click, select merge to hdr pro in PS.


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Feb 23, 2014 23:00 |  #4

Thanks all... I didn't huff up the 5d today on this go around. Pretty brutal trip with high avalanche danger, so I had the little point in shoot. Haven't spent too much time with this camera, but it doesn't do too bad. Can't hold a candle to the 5d, but it "works."

But you have given me great ideas of what to do in the snow. I may tool around with a 1 shot HDR just to see how this turns out as well.


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Feb 24, 2014 12:14 |  #5

I have yet to try it on snow, but i hear that a CP filter is good for snow scenes.

Good luck with your shots, looks like fun.


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Feb 25, 2014 19:34 |  #6

Snow will fool your camera meter by up to 2 stops. It reflects more light than middle gray resulting in under exposed images. Try exposure compensation.

I really like the pano but would have preferred less foreground and more mountains.

But you wouldn't get me out there at all in that weather.


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