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Nikon D70- shooting in snow

Tom Groves , Nov 15, 2005; 06:36 a.m.

I am going snowboarding with my D70 very soon and I was wondering if there was any tips/ ideas/ must-do's to enable me to get the best results?


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Tom Burke , Nov 15, 2005; 06:50 a.m.

I would over-expose a predominantly snowy scene by one to two stops, perhaps even a bit more.

As regards looking after your D70 - don't drop it in the snow, and if you're actually going to do some snowboarding, make sure the camera is well protected both against the snow and against bumps & knocks.

Frank Kujawski , Nov 15, 2005; 07:53 a.m.

Snow in general is a bit tough, Snow is white and everything else seems to be dark. I would try to get some test shots and practice with the snow. The D70 can bracket, you may want to shoot bracketed, 0 and +1 or +2. Also you have an extra batery, right? make sure the one you have is a full charge and take an extra one. I shot frost this weekend and I stopped because my batery went dead, perhaps it was time or perhaps it was the cold, either way when the batery was done, so was I.

Shun Cheung , Nov 15, 2005; 08:07 a.m.

Shooting snow scenes should not be difficult. I would set the camera to manual exposure, use the spot meter in the D70 to meter the brightest part of the scene and set that to 1.5 to 2 stops over-exposed. Exposure for the rest of the image should fall in place. If you understand how metering works, there is no need to bracket wildly. If I bracket, it is typically by 1/3 or at most 2/3 stop for some fine tuning.

See the following article by John Shaw for more details: http://www.photosafaris.com/Articles/ExposingWhiteRight.asp

John Schroeder , Nov 15, 2005; 10:59 a.m.

Just the normal common sense things. Be sure to pack your lens hoods and c-pols. Let your gear cool down before using it so your lens dosn't fog. When you come inside let it warm up too. Keep your spare battery in an inside pocket so it dosn't freeze. Keep an absorbent cloth with you so you can wipe off your gear if it gets wet. If you see a Yeti please share your photos with the rest of us. Even if you don't se a Yeti share your photos.

Brian Y , Nov 15, 2005; 12:17 p.m.

I took my D70 out on the slopes last year and had good luck with no exposure compensation and just tweaking in post. The meter's quite good about not being fooled by snow. Start with no compensation, then check your "highlights" view and walk up the compensation to a level you're comfortable with. Personally I'd only use a 1/3 or 2/3 -- you'll be shooting ISO 200, so you have a lot of lattitude to brighten in post, but if you blow the highlights (on the RAW, not the JPG), they're gone...

Ilkka Nissila , Nov 15, 2005; 07:43 p.m.

Notice that the D70 by default does automatic contrast adjustment (well, at least mine does) so setting snow at a particular value relative to metered value doesn't fix its final value in the raw converted image. I've found that the best metering technique with the D70 is to let the matrix do its thing and if it fails, adjust. It rarely fails.

Ilkka Nissila , Nov 15, 2005; 08:57 p.m.

Obviously if you have a predominantly snowy scene applying a +1 is probably a good idea. On slides I do a spot reading with +2 on top of the brightest part of snow within the image area, but on the D70 it's a bit more tricky.

Lex Jenkins , Nov 16, 2005; 04:20 a.m.

I don't have a D70 but my D2H meters surprisingly accurately in light that varies quickly when using with matrix metering in program mode. I just dial in a bit of exposure compensation as needed and the results are almost always usable, if not perfect. I'd be surprised if the D70 didn't handle tricky lighting just about as well.

The rest of it is down to photo editing.

Tom Groves , Nov 16, 2005; 05:37 a.m.

Thank you all for being so helpfull. I knew i'd have to compensate but have only mainly worked with negative and positive film so this will be my first digital experience!aswell as the D70, ill be taking my bronica 6x6 with some B&W film. Does anyone know if the ilford infra red film(SFX)((plus filter obviously))will be any good in snow situations? and how should i meter with normal B&W film FP4 or Pan50? thank agin for the responses, very helpfull and im looking forward to posting some of the pix.

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