Don’t miss an opportunity for a great snow picture.

According to the weather folks, it looks like the Southeastern US may get hit with some snow and ice today/tonight.  It’s not something we see too often down here, so start thinking about what you can do to create a few great images.  If you have any water fountains in your town, they can get really cool (that’s a weather pun) looking under these conditions.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Try to get out of Auto Mode and switch to Aperture Priority Mode.  I know I keep saying this, but that’s because it’s important!  Keep your f stops low (under f 5.6) so you can soften the background by throwing it out of focus. If you’re scared, use Auto Mode and switch over for just a few shots.

2. If you have a lens hood, use it!  Even if it’s cloudy, you can still get quite a bit of lens glare.  If you don’t have a lens hood, buy one!  They’re not expensive and will significantly improve the contrast and saturation in your pictures (that means they’ll look better).

3. Position the kids so that when they look in your direction, they are not facing the sun to help eliminate squinting eyes.

4. Try different areas.  Take some shots right along the edge of some trees (also know as “the woods”).  You can have the kids popping in and out from behind the trees and use the shade to eliminate glare and squinting.  If you’ve got a forest nearby with some dirt roads, you can capture some beautiful images of kids (grown-ups and dogs as well) walking down the snowy road.  Get them walking both towards and away from you.

5. If you have one, try getting the kids to play with a bright umbrella.  The splash of color looks great against the snow, and it’s something different.  Have your child stand under a tree and get someone to shake it.  The snow falling over the umbrella will look spectacular.

6. Don’t spend all your time trying to get the kids to look at you and smile…let them play with each other and or the snow itself.

Snow is magical (unless you live in it 3 to 6 months of the year), so put your coat on and get out there with your camera.  Post some results in our Monthly Photo Challenge!

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