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Fog, rain, and snow

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November 26th, 2013
A couple taking a photograph in the snow

Fog, rain, and snow can produce enormous photographic opportunities. While landscapes may appear mysterious and moody, the muted colors create beautiful, if not different, images unmatched in bright sunlight. The absence of extreme highlights and shadows generally found during inclement weather produces a neutral scene, which the digital camera system handles with ease. Set your camera on Auto Mode and let it do its thing.

However, if the sun is out after a snowfall, there is the problem of extremely high contrast between bright highlights and deep shadows. If you are taking photos of people in bright sunlight, turn your flash control from “auto” to “on.” Your flash will fill in the shadowed areas on the face which are caused by high-contrast light. For better people exposures in fog and rain, use fill-flash here as well.

From gray to white

Also, in bright sunlight, the camera makes snow look gray. There is a way to compensate for this. Use the control selector marked with an icon or the word “Scene” or letters like SC or BS (meaning “best shot”) to dial in the “snow” scene mode. Using this feature will give you white snow.

Digital cameras are sturdy but they do need some protection from the elements. Here’s a trick to protect your camera from getting wet in heavy rainfall: put your camera in any plastic bag, or zip bag, with a hole cut out for the lens. You will be able to see the screen through the plastic to compose the picture.

In very cold weather, condensation might form on the lens when going outside. Allow a few minutes for your camera to acclimate itself to the weather before taking pictures. And, once indoors and before processing the images, allow time for condensation that might have built up inside the camera to dry.

Don’t hesitate to take pictures in the fog, rain, and snow. You’ll be pleased with how the photos turn out.