Photographer Andrew James Gives Some Advice for Shooting in Icy Landscapes
We were delighted to be joined by photographer Andrew James on our Ultimate Antarctica Photography Safari in 2017, and he will be returning to lead our Greenland East Coast Photographic Expedition in August. Below, Andrew shares his top ten tips for capturing the icy landscapes of the Arctic or Antarctic on camera.
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.