Tips for photographing in ice and snow conditions.
- Batteries will not last as long. Bring several spare charged batteries, expect less than half their normal life. Keep the spare batteries warm.
- Condensation occurs when you take a camera from a warm bag or within your parka, it will mist up. Slowly acclimatise it to the outside temperature before you shoot.
- Exposure in snow and ice does not work the way it normally works. Your camera measures the exposure of an area and attempts to bring it's density to a mid grey. So left alone, your camera will expose snow to be a grey, and any dark subject within the scene will be black without detail. You need to over expose the white snow by +1 to +2 stops to place it's exposure correctly. Shooting RAW will help adjust for this when your camera lets you down.
- Look for interesting subjects. Whilst the snowy enviroments are a total experience for you when you are there, they can be underwealming when looking at the prints, always shoot for interesting subjects and details.
- If the scene before you is amazing, perhaps a sunset or a great feature, spin around, it may be just as beautiful behind you. Also don't over shoot the one scene, move your body and get the picture from other angles.
- Take many camera cards instead of one big one. The old addage of 'keeping your eggs in one basket'. Also number those cards with a marker so you know what you have used.
This list came from some research I did before a meeting with the winner of the ANZANG - SAMuseum - Peregrine Travel - AtkinsTechnicolour trip to Antarctica. Jessica is off for an amazing adventure. We wish her and her husband bon voyage!