Low light snow photography


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I'm going skiing to Finnish Lapland at christmas and was looking for some free advice on shooting snowy scenes in low light.
I have had some good results shooting snowy scenes in good light conditions by stopping up exposure +1 or +2 to compensate for metering errors.
My problem may come when shooting in low light, as it tends to get dark around 3PM and the floodlights take over.
I think static scenes should be pretty straightforward, but action / skiing shots may pose a problem in these conditions.

Any advice would be appreciated, I want to spend most of my time skiing, not endlessly experimenting with camera settings.

I am taking my Sony alpha350 with a minolta 35-70 F4 and also my F4 beercan.


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chances are under the floodlights you will be shooting wide open all the time. most of the time you will get away with iso 800-1600 with shutterspeeds up to 1/250 but im sure there will be times when you're at iso 3200 stuggling to get 1/125 shutter speeds.

last time i went i had a 24-70 on a 450D, i had an extra stop in aperture over you but a max iso of 1600 and i got on fine with that so you should be ok.

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