Once those first few snowflakes begin to fall, your kids will certainly be clamoring to get out there and enjoy a day on the hill. As a proud parent you will certainly want to capture these memorable moments to share with friends and family. However, before you start clicking there are a few unique challenges about this type of photography that you may want to learn more about:
Tip #1: Shutter Speed
If you want to “freeze” movement and capture your kids smiling faces then you will need a quick shutter speed; 1/250th of a second or higher. The faster they are going, the faster of a shutter speed you are going to need. Also, if they are passing in front of the camera (as opposed to coming straight at the camera) a faster shutter speed is needed, up to 1/1250th of a second.
Tip #2: Panning
You can create a great sense of movement by blurring the background using a panning technique: simply select a longer shutter speed (1/40th of a second, for example) and “follow” your skier/sledder with the camera. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s worth it!
Tip #3: Exposure Compensation
Since snow is so bright, your camera compensates by creating a darker image. You’ll have to override your exposure by +1 or +2 to get a correct exposure. (Learn more here)
Tip #4: Continuous Shooting
If your camera has this feature – use it. Instead of trying to time your shot to get the perfect image, hold down the shutter button and keep clicking. You may end up with 3 or 4 great shots, instead of just one.
Tip #5: Dress Warm!!
Nothing ruins fun in the snow faster than cold kids or a cold photographer. Make sure you all dress warm, and bring some hot chocolate! Don’t forget that there are a ton of “non-active,” candid moments that you can capture.