What to do about green snow?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Mike, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Can you folks tell me what I am doing wrong?

    I'm just getting started with digital photography using a Nikon Coolpix L4
    camera. I took some pictures of a recent snowfall and the pictures all
    showed greenish snow. Sky was very overcast but bright. I was using the
    "scene" setting for snow.

    So what is going on?

    Thanks for listening.
    Mike, Feb 15, 2008
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  2. Mike

    Bert Hyman Guest

    (Mike) wrote in
    Sounds like a "white balance" problem. Your camera has no firm idea of
    what color anything you're shooting actually is and makes assumptions
    based on what it thinks the light source is. Light through clouds is a
    different color from sunlight, which is different again from
    incandescent, which is different again from fluorescent.

    Sounds like whatever mode you had your camera in didn't work for the
    light you had. Many cameras have a "cloudy" light balance setting in
    addition to "automatic" and "daylight"; maybe that would work better.

    Of course, since you know that snow is white even if your camera
    doesn't, you could use that to "teach" your camera what setting to use
    if it has that feature.
    Bert Hyman, Feb 15, 2008
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  3. Mike

    Michael Guest

    I have a coolpix L14 which is probably not all that different. Instead
    of the scene setting for snow use the auto setting and then go into the
    menu and check the white balance setting. It's probably on "auto." Try
    either "daylight" or "cloudy" and see what you get.
    Michael, Feb 16, 2008
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks folks.

    I found the part about white balance in the camera manual. I guess, if all
    else fails, READ THE FINE MANUAL. Mea culpa!
    Mike, Feb 18, 2008
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