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Ski photography at Niseko

2023-01-03
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Dear friends, like wish you all a Happy New Year again. In my 1st photo tips post for 2023, I like to share some insights on skiing photography. I believe some of you might have and are planning a ski holiday at some point in your vacation planning. Photography for skiing can be tricky and challenging, especially for us from the tropics. Lighting during the snow season can be tricky, once the sun is covered by clouds, there is no direction of where the light comes from. In short, it's flat and there is no contrast. When the snow is heavy, it's white everywhere. Chances your pictures on a ski slope as the background will appear like a studio flat white background, with no texture. Our camera metering is based on 18% grey - it was determined some time ago that reflected light from an average scene (e,g grass, trees, part of sky, and perhaps a person or two) was when averaged, equal to the reflected light from an 18% gray card. Scenes can vary in the amount of light reflected, e.g., a pile of snow reflects more light than a pile of charcoal, so there is a need for the photographer to adjust their exposure when it is based on reflected light. All reflected light meters used in camera bodies are calibrated on 18% gray as a normal exposure. A photo of a bright, white pile of snow will end up darker (underexposed) than usual because the camera metering will bring down the bright values to match 18% grey. Conversely, a shot of that pile of charcoal will end up brighter (overexposed) because the camera tried to lift the black values to match 18% grey. How to fix this? By using exposure compensation. If you are shooting shutter speed or aperture priority mode, key in EV+1-1.5 stop. If in manual mode, shoot at 1-1.5 stop overexposure. Of course, shooting in RAW gives us some latitude in exposure but getting the setting right in cam gives better output. For better picture story presentation, panning pics will certainly up the vibes. I hope you find the tips useful. Have a blessed new year ahead. Stay safe and keep shooting. Camera - Canon EOS 5DmkIV Lenses - Canon EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS MkII #hokkaido #japan #niseko #skiing #skiphotography #phototips

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