After a winter of very little snow, I was up in the Adirondacks for the holidays and they had snow already on the ground!. So I grabbed the camera and went to take advantage of shooting in a setting I don’t get to shoot in that often (namely the snow, not the mountains). The first thing that I notice, on both my own and on other people’s photos, is that snow reflects as blue instead of grey. We will start this idea with a picture that has not gone through the digital developer at all:
I do not own photoshop or lightbox. I am saving up for one or the other or both (right now lightbox is sooooo much more affordable so that’s probably what I will get soon). Right now I have Digital Photo Professional which came with my Canon Rebel XS. It lets me do very minor changes to the entire picture, but no specific changes. Mostly I adjust the sharpness, the contrast, and the color saturation as I would with a developer. Recently I started shooting in RAW format instead of RGB which lets me clean the images up in a much better and subtle way.
Another nice developing trick is that I can turn a color photo into a b&w photo.
It also works in the other direction, where I can bring the colors out even more from the original image to make it stand out more:
I also used a graduated filter for the first time on a few shots. For anyone who doesn’t know, a graduated filter is a filter that is colored on one half but blends down to no color on the other half. You can view an example of one here. I think I got a really good result with this one shot since it helps get rid of the white sky effect I get while out a lot:
I’m hoping that we get a lot more snow in the city this year so I can go out to the park and get some nice shots.
Next up: New Orleans – The Benachi House.