Hopefully anyone with experience in taking pics of snow can enlighten me here.
I just got my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 500D, and what I really miss from it is the snow white balance function which I had in my old Canon Powershot. Anyway, guess I'll just have to learn the more pro way of white balancing.
The first photo I took below has a bluish tinge, which I assume is due to the white balancing. The setting used then was just 'Auto'. In such a case, when it's also cloudy (oh yes, it was really super cloudy that day. In fact, I don't know if the blue was caused by the cloudiness or the snow), what WB should I use? Cloudy? Or set to 'Custom'?
I'm also not so sure on how to use the 'Custom WB' function. Yes, I've already read the manual, but still not too sure about it. When customizing the WB, I'm supposed to use a photo I took beforehand for its WB data. My question is, is that photo supposed to be how I want it, i.e. with the right composition, in Auto WB setting, or a zoom-in on the snow/white part, also in Auto WB setting?
I've also read that in snow photography, I've to expose the photo by 1 stop. I assume this applies to landscape photos and not portrait, right? But even then, there's still something I don't understand. In some of the landscape photos I've taken (pls refer to Pic 2 below), the photo seems already overexposed as it is (the snow on the left side of the photo). If I increase the exposure by 1 or even 2 stops (like what some people advise), wouldn't it be even worse?
I'm really still an amateur with my new camera. Please feel free to comment on anything. Any tips would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!
The photos were taken with my EF-S 18-135 f3.5-5.6 lens.
AE mode, ISO 100, f8, Auto WB
AE mode, ISO 200, f14, Auto WB