Andre Costantini here with you CK readers today. I’m a freelance photographer and educator and I have a couple of photo tips if you are out on an overcast freezing day and looking to freeze some action and maybe even get a good portrait. Actually, believe it or not, in this case the settings are pretty much the same for each photo.
First thing first, set your camera to the A or Av mode and then turn the dial that controls the aperture until it says f6.3. This is a good starting point. If you took a picture now, your camera would likely make images darker then you would like. That is because the snowy situation can confuse the camera.
To make the picture brighter, use your EV or Exposure Compensation function (+/- button) to overexpose (that’s the plus side) by moving approximately three clicks to +1. Usually this button is on the back of your camera but, if you have trouble, consult your camera manual. By making this little change, the images will come out like you see them.
Your camera likely has a zoom lens. If you can zoom out really far you can catch the sledding action up on top of the snowy hill.
Zooming in for a portrait when the subject is close can make for a really nice shot too. Just because your subject is close doesn’t mean that you have to use the wide angle setting on the lens. Shoot that and then zoom in close for a dramatic portrait.
When you are out documenting some activity or event, be sure to shoot a combination of action and portrait shots and use that zoom lens. By having some far away and some close shots, you’ll have a nice group of photos to scrap or frame when you are done.
All photos by Andre Costantini using the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X all-in-one zoom lens (model B008) designed for Canon, Nikon, and Sony APS-C format DSLR cameras.
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