There was just a huge snowstorm in town and I want to go out and take some shots of the fresh snow on the tree branches. It's nighttime now and the only light is from the streetlights and a little from nearby houses.

What setting should I use to get the best results?

I'm using a Nikon D7000 with started lens.


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This would depend on what look you are going for. If you use any of the auto settings the camera will attempt to make the picture more or less uniformly lit and you'll end up with super bright street lights and/or dark snow as the camera wants everything to be grey.

If you want a low key (dark) image you need to apply exposure compensation or use manual mode and use a faster (than auto) shutter speed. If you want a high key image (bright) you would want to use a slower (than auto) shutter speed.

I live in Alabama at the moment so I can't play with this myself, but I would be interested to see the effect a flash has given the highly reflective nature of fresh snow.

If you use the auto settings you can look at the settings the camera used (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) to determine the starting point for your manual settings and then decide (based on what you do/don't like about the corresponding picture) how to adjust from there.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Cool thanks. Hey if you want to come up to Quebec to get some snow pics, I love to have you and your expertise over at my place \$\endgroup\$ Dec 28, 2012 at 0:02

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