Photographer Andrew James Gives Some Advice for Shooting in Icy Landscapes
Andrew James has served as an expert photographic guide on NWS expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica. In this blog, Andrew shares his top tips on how to get the most out of your photography in the Polar Regions.
1. Avoid grey snow
A snowy scene is tricky for a camera to exposure correctly. All those light tones make the camera’s inbuilt meter think it’s brighter than it really is. As a result, you get photos of snowy scenes that look dull and grey rather than bright white and pristine. All digital cameras with control over exposure allow you to add positive exposure compensation to get around the problem. How much + (plus) exposure compensation you need depends on the brightness of the snow and how much of it your scene includes but typically it can be +1 to 2 stops extra. You can see how much you need by either shooting in Live View or by taking some test shots. Make sure that you are not overexposing detail in the highlights, because if you burn these out completely you will ruin the photo.