Coco stood in the door (guarded by Libby… a.k.a. Bibby) and laughed while watching Gracie (a.k.a. Gacey) roll in the snow. I’m talking belly laughs, you guys. It was the cutest thing ever! I thought it would look pretty cool to have the two of them as a silhouette against the snowy backdrop.
But most of the time, you’ll want to make a few adjustments when taking wintery snow photos. A great place to start is to set your camera’s white balance. When your camera “sees” snow, all that bright white color can throw off the white balance, and the results will be a photo that looks too dark or bluish in tone. Use your camera’s manual controls to adjust white balance until the snow’s color is accurate.
We couldn’t find gloves for Coco but remembered the old ‘sock trick’ from long ago. I knew those mismatched socks that I’ve never found the mates for would come in handy for something.
Morning and late afternoon are great for snapping snowy photos — but the bright white of snow and ice reflects sunlight, and you may end up with too much light in your pictures, (less detail, less contrast, and washed-out colors). Try turning on your flash! I know it sounds crazy, but the flash actually balances out the light off the snow filling in darker areas.
I tried for 15 minutes to get Colette to just look up at me for one decent photo. But no! She was too mesmerized by the white stuff covering her boots.
Go for contrasting colors — bright clothing or bright colors against a snowy backdrop makes a vivid winter photo, and dark clothing or dark colors against the stark white snow will also make your photos pop.
Perry is only still smiling because the snow is still drifting. Once it’s to the point it needs to be shoveled, that smile will disappear.
And don’t forget… when you come inside after taking outdoor snowy photos, let your camera warm up slowly to prevent condensation.
Much too cold to be outside for long, Coco did blaze a few trails… she went where no person or dog had gone before — at least during this snow anyway. The second she was out of sight around the corner of the house, someone had to go take her by the hand and bring her back to the front yard.