I'm taking my D100 skiing soon. Any one done this? If so what settings do you suggest? Thanks
#2. "RE: Snow settings for D100" | In response to Reply # 0Jonathan Registered since 10th Feb 2003Mon 17-Feb-03 12:09 AM
When I shot skiiers in December with a D-100, I got good exposures by spot-metering and compensating by +1 to +3 EV to avoid losing my subject in the shadows (the contrast of the scene is usually too great to avoid either blowing the snow or muddying up your subject). Using the LCD histogram and blinking-highlights helped in setting exposure. With fast-moving subjects, like skiiers.
It's nice to have some serious ND filters (I wished I had had a couple of ND 1.0 filters with me) if you want to have the choice to keep the shutter open long enough to get motion blur and/or open up the aperture.
A polarizer helps reduce glare.
I set WB to cloudy, even if it's clear and sunny, to avoid excessive blue-cast to shadows in the snow, but I usually re-WB everything carefully with bibble when I get home, so I don't worry overmuch about that.
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#3. "RE: Snow settings for D100" | In response to Reply # 0ojm_webf1_com Registered since 03rd Dec 2002Mon 17-Feb-03 08:40 AM
The good news is that the D100 is very capable of taking great snow pictures. I've had great sucess with that.
Here are four pictures taken in the snow. In the first two the sky was cloudy. The last 2 it was sunny.
The first two were done when I first got the camera (5 days after I got it.) They were shot in P mode and Multi-Pattern metering. The last two were shot after a few months (over 4000 pictures later) of owning the camera. I used Multi-Pattern in the third one and Spot on the fourth. But this time I shot in Manual mode. I shoot Manual almost exclusively now.
#4. "Let's get some more snow photos posted" | In response to Reply # 3benherrmann Registered since 17th Aug 2002Wed 19-Feb-03 12:16 AM
With the massive amounts of snow that just fell up and down the eastern seaboard, let's see some more great snow photos, along with tips on how they shot the scenes. Let's keep this thread going because I know that many folks just do not know what to do when it comes to taking a great winter snow photo. Any takers? Of course, it would be nice to know that the photos were taken by the D1 Series and D100 cameras.
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#5. "RE: Snow settings for D100" | In response to Reply # 0
There is a lot of good info below as far as over-exposing etc because the camera sees the snow as a white background and meters accordingly. And spot metering -- all good stuff. I won't repeat my mantra on these since it has already been said.
One thing I did not see suggested that I'd personally do is bracket. If you see a great scene that you have time to set-up for -- bracket the hell out of it. Digital film is cheap and all you need is that one "perfect" capture.
#6. "RE: Snow settings for D100" | In response to Reply # 5spacer Basic MemberWed 19-Feb-03 02:47 AM
... and since we are talking about the D100: check the histogram.
Usually matrix metering and + 0.7 to +1.0 does the job for me.
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#7. "Remember Exposure Compensation" | In response to Reply # 0
Good luck on the skiing jaunt. Remember, however, do not assume that the D100 will give you automatic perfect exposures in a snow scenario. Why? Quite simple in that the massive white surroundings of the resort (assuming there is ample snow on the ground everywhere) will fool "any" camera into underexposing. It translates the pure white scenes into bright light. Nikon recommends not to mess with exposure compensation in Matrix meter settings. In snow scenes, I suggest using your center-weighted metering, and depending on the brightness of the scene, you would have to dial in anywhere from +1 - +2 stops of exposure compensation. By keeping exposure compensation in mind, you would offset the tendency of the majority of cameras to underexpose by the same amount of stops.
Below is an example - not a great example - but one nevertheless. I took this shot at the park where I work this past January. I dialed in +1.5 stops of exposure compensation to ensure that the overall scene was balance and the colors well saturated. The original 17.2 Meg TIFF image showed perfect exposure, but somehow when I managed to compress it down to this 69.9K image, it got darker...hmmmnnn. Anyway, if I had not done this, the matrix metering would have given me an underexposure, thereby rendering the snow as a very light grayish in tint.
Give it a try, you'll soon see....
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#1. "RE: Remember Exposure Compensation" | In response to Reply # 7kevb Registered since 16th Feb 2003Sun 16-Feb-03 06:49 PM
Many thanks. There is plenty of snow in Europe at the moment. Your picture was very clear and didn't have the blue tint I've had with other cameras. I'll post my best effort when I get back