Photographing the Snow

Coming on a ski holiday is an unforgettable experience and we all want to come away with some fantastic photos that do the stunning views justice. But it’s not always as easy as point and click, so here are a few handy photography hints so that you can get some breath-taking images to make everyone at home jealous!

Use Manual Settings
Cameras can get quite confused by all that white and can often result in the image being too bright. Be sure to put your camera into Programme Mode (P), which will still allow your camera to automatically expose the image, but you can change certain settings such as the ISO and most importantly the Exposure Compensation. Exposure Compensation essentially tells the camera to either under or over expose. For taking photos of snow, you want to under expose. This will tell your camera not to let as much light in and ultimately give you and well exposed, professional looking photo.


Watch Your Step!
Take care while you are scouting out that perfect landscape shot. Footprints will spoil that perfect untouched snow. On the other hand, footprints may be what you are going for but beware… Once they are there, you can’t get rid of them!

Look After Your Camera
Electronics don’t tend to fare well in colder temperatures. Condensation is a big problem. To combat this, keep your camera out, stopping the risk of condensation while you are out and about. When you arrive home again though, put it into a rucksack and leave it in a cooler environment for 10 minutes or so. This will allow it to slowly return to room temperature and should reduce the risk. Another tip is to keep batteries warm. Not only for your camera but other electrical items as well. You might find your phone tends to turn itself off while you are out on the slopes. This isn’t anything to worry about, just try and keep you phone close to your body so it stays warm.

The fingers in tignes ready for linecatcher

Black & White
Snow looks superb in black and white. Snow photos can be quite bland as there is often not much colour in them. Having said that, bold colours will stand out much more in the snow. For example, a red coat would be quite striking against the bright white snow.


Hopefully these little tips help you get some cracking shots and make all of your friends at home envious. Be sure to send in your best pictures to Ski Total on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #SkiTotalPhotoCompetition16 for the chance to WIN a chalet holiday for two in Val d’Isère, for March 2017!