Let It Snow

If you want to show snow falling on the land, you need to pay attention to a couple things. First, create a composition with a dark background to contrast with the white snow. This can be evergreens or a building as in this photo. Otherwise, your picture won't reveal the falling flakes.

1/30 second, f/4, ISO 800
Seeley Lake, Montana

Second, select a shutter speed that allows the snow to blur as it falls. A 1/30th second or 1/15th second setting is usually effective. This creates a look that feels more like falling snow than a faster shutter speed does. Try a couple different shutter speeds since the appearance of the falling snow is also affected by how heavily it is snowing. You may need to use a tripod or other support to prevent camera shake.

Learn more about shutter speed effects and other camera controls in Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera on November 17, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.