Dogsledding in Jasper: Dog Sled photography

Dogsledding in Jasper: Dog Sled photography

what’s up on truck hunger for Brendan Venter brennan’s
adventures too here in Jasper National Park in today
we’re going dog sledding to with winter in the holidays coming I
thought I would give you guys a couple tips on how to take some cool photos in winter
scenes and today is an awesome opportunity cuz
we’re heading out to just outside a I’ve just for
national parks dude dog sledding which is something I’ve always wanted to do so I thought I would
run you through summer my tips for how to take cool photos it
wintertime for suited number one when outshooting in
winter scenes is you really got a watcher exposure when you off all this
play like this your camera sensor you cameras
meter is a little bit full buy it now thanks
to very bright scene when really it’s not that bright at all sheer gonna wanna do a little bit have
exposure compensation by one or two stops if you shoot in manual mode it
just me is watching your meter and exposing a little bit more than you
think you should if you’re shooting on AV mode on aperture priority mode you can just be in your exposure
compensation one or two stops to make up for that the issue in lighting timber 20 is to watch your battery life
your battery burned really quick when its cool them right now in Jasper
National Park it is minus 35 degrees and no I’m not talking out my
ass it is that called rate now and when is
that cool you don’t have the same battery like you’re probably only get
about fifty percent of your usual battery life so keep an eye on your
batteries when it’s really cold outside to number three is to find a colorful
contracting subject in the white snow as you can see I’m in this boring green
color this doesn’t work if your subjects this color just blends in is boring you
want to pick a subject like that glowing mounted beautiful red or if you’re shooting
people you wanna put people in red clothing
wore pink clothing or blue clothing anything that stands
out amongst the snow and finally you want to make sure white balance right of course that’s not
something you need to do in camera if you’re shooting RAW if you’re shooting RAW you can just that
white balance to shoot auto white balance if you’re not shooting in RAW you really
need to get your white balance right in the camera with snow working room
pictures pic this is how transportation is meant to
be I see it here in this soft cushy sled and Tiffany does all the work back there
you gotta love that shit so that it from the dog sledding footage
right now I want to take you back to the digital darkroom and walk you through how long edit these
images in Photoshop Elements 13 let’s say
you’ve taken some images in your white balances of your exposures of because of
the snow this is how you can make this adjustment so I’m back you’re now in a dark room
digitalis which I’m like eighty-six percent sure is how the French say the digital darkroom and as I mention
I’m gonna walk you through two or three these images I shot a dog sledding near
Jasper National Park and I’m gonna do so in Photoshop
elements 13 as I have a lot of people always ask Amy Bell Photoshop Elements 13 how to do certain
edits there so let’s get into it and I also want to
talk about the challenges have shooting in snow as I go through
them so let’s go to this first image and talk about those sorta things
shooting out in the snow is top it’s really hard even as a
professional shooter it’s very difficult because you’re just dealings with so
many different things not only are you dealing with exposure issues with the with color balance issues with
white balance issues with all those things but it’s cold and you’re trying to press all the
buttons on your camera gear wearing these big gloves in you’re trying to focus through the
little lanes her through the little eyepieces your face is freezing of it was minus 24 when we were shooting
these images and in Jasper on various occasions I got his
call this -37 one morning we were out shooting at
minus thirty one celsius it’s just not easy it’s not easy at all but like all things in photography the
hot greatest challenges often come with the biggest rewards which is
awesome and I’m so stoked about the images that
came out of Jasper on this trip including these dog sledding images and
of course you can head over to Brandons adventures dot com and see the article on this dog sledding on excursion in
Jasper and it will give you the video as well as all the photos
edited a from that trip but anyways let’s get
into the images and talk about how I thought against the elements and how I can fix
the issues that come no matter what when you’re shooting in
winter so this is the first image I shot the
entire day I shot this on the sixty-eight 16 to 35 millimetres on and on with the 16 to 35 millimeter
lands and this was a test shot this was my
test shot to see how my exposure was meant to be and what
I did is a use the spot meter and I picked up this item here if I would abuse the spot
meter on the snow it probably would have told me I needed
like one over 1,000 because it sees the snow and it thinks
it’s really really bright outside metering is basically decided on a
formula that assumes that an entire images gray
already well level out to be great so
everything’s white it thinks it needs less if an exposure
than it does if everything’s black it thinks it needs more than exposure
than it does so trying to find some mid tone and made
color like this read here is really important to try to figure out and exposure so I used the spot meter
the spot meter read one over 25 and I saw one hundred with
f4 I shot it I like the exposure and I went
from there the rest of the day when I was shooting the sixty I was
shooting F-four one over 250 I so 200 because I wanted a faster shutter speed
side but the I sew up a little bit and then as the day goes on is the light
changes a little bit you can make minor adjustments by increasing or decreasing your shutter
speed and going from there that’s the best way
to do it in my opinion if you really shouldn’t aperture priority mode and just shoot this scene constantly I with you well you’re moving you’re
gonna get different exposures every single time and you need the right exposure when
shooting snow if I was issued on evaluative metering here my camera sees all this white
anything shiny this a soft I’ll quicker shutter speed in a
darker exposure this is what I come up with and that’s
just not good having thats -1.5 I think when I shot this
image by my meter was reading plus two I’m so basically you gotta trust what you see
you’ve got a champ I’m wearing a shirt that says champ in
an easy in photography chipping is seen as like a bad thing is an amateur thing
as a Newbie thing but when you’re shooting snow
everybody’s a newbie anyone a champ here and there maybe even every 5-10 images as you’re
shooting out in snow because the light changes and the metering system is just crazy put in whack with snow so anyways
exposure that was the issue I wanted to talk
about with this image and let’s just move on up to the next
part of this image which is the white balance when you shooting in snow you
off to get these really believe you white balance is and that’s easy to fix
you’re shooting in Photoshop Elements 13 I’m it’ll take you into camera Rob if
you’re shooting RAW images and you have these options to make these
adjustments all here so I honestly make the vast majority of my adjustments here
and I just do the cool and fun stuff over in Photoshop Elements
13 so if you want to change your
temperature you just pop it here move it something like that looks about
right you got white snow you’ve got a red sled you’ve got this
nice golden color here at the white ballots looks proper are the best way to find
the proper weight balance is to look at the snow and two try to assume that that should
be white and when the snow is white then you’ve
got it right that rhymed and I wasn’t trying to do it by if you look at how the admit image
was originally shot this the snow is blue so yeah something up
like this is correct now let’s imagine that you don’t have Photoshop that you don’t have brought
they didn’t shoot in RAW that you shot on a point shooter an iPhone or
something like that and you still want to change the white
balance in Photoshop Elements 13 you can so I’m I haven’t made any adjustments
here I’m just gonna open the image and its honestly it’s one of the things
I wish was a little bit easier in Photoshop Elements 13 I wish there
was a temperature here I wish there was somewhere that
said temperature you’ve got color cast where you can kinda remove the blue
color cast in the fixes it for you there or you can go you know you you have to
mess around with it finding that blue color cast that’s one way you can do it another way
you can do it is going to expert and I’m gonna create a little a duplicate layer and work on that
duplicate layer the other way is to go into filters and
adjustments and then photo filter and then you’ve
got all these photo filters here you can use a warming filter were
cooling filter if you need to get the image cooler and then you can just play around with
it there so this excuse me is our original image if you move that
up to F are dead 30 24 percent or something like that it
looks like a proper white balance again here so that’s a good way to fix it it’s a
quick way to fix your white balance using Photoshop Elements 13 so yeah that does the trick again i cant advise and not to shoot in
RAW has it just gives you that ability if
you’re a smartphone photographer I’m telling
you using an iPhone is cool and you get cool
images but you don’t have that extra little bit of leeway to play with that you get with RAW images it if
you’re shooting iPhoneography your smartphone or graffiti I recommend using a Nokia Windows Phone
we use one of these things you can actually shoot and in raw n DNG say if you’re seeing the 15
20 or 10:20 issue DNG files and gives you so much
more leeway when creating white balance and stuff like that so if you’re
shooting point-and-shoot there’s nothing you can do about it you can shoot raw so this is how we’re gonna have to
do it if you’re shooting a smartphone like an iPhone you’ve got to do it this
way to if you’re shooting and no kiero a Windows Phone you can choose you can
edit the raw files there which is sweet in my pink so let’s talk to another one
of the items I mentioned in the intro this video which is finding a subject
that is very colorful when you’re shooting snowy winter
subjects everything’s white everything’s snowy and to get something
to really pop of a bit you need colorful clothing Genie de ellos like this yellow or you need blues or pinks or Reds anything but like greens
are grazer black shiney really poppin colors pinks
and yellows work wonderfully now in this image that we have here this
is the daughter of one of the the guides out there on their on the
excursion dog sledding and she was super cute but on top of
that she is wearing this really colorful yellow shun jacket actually before she was
bringing even more colorful blue one and so she was a
perfect subject amongst these dogs in snow and again you need to just things like
the white ballots to really get heard their bullets open the image I just adjusted the warmth
here because it’s easier and I’m gonna show you how to make her
really popped the color pop on her as well and just using
the Quick guided edit here and by going enhance colors and then
just pop increasing the saturation if you go too much obviously looks terrible you have very
little the way I usually say fifty is your limit I think in this image is too far already
as you can see some other a the the red on our shoulders is
already starting to burn a bit so something like 37 and you can just
see how that popped other colors just a beautiful yellow and I really sings in
all this white snow so fine subjects that glow
fine subjects that just pop of us know if you’re looking to
do winter images on and that’s good done here you remember a couple videos they did
ago I’d talked about the selection tool and stuff like that you
can also do that with images like this I picked around 10 color pop let’s go
yellow if you want to do a black n yellow black
and white color pop something like that you can always do that stuff if in Photoshop Elements 13 which is cool
um let’s go now to the final image which again has issues when it comes to white balance it’s all about white
balance when you’re shooting a snow white balance and exposure a so yeah get into this image this image was sharp if you’re wondering
if that new sixteen to thirty five-millimeter
F-four sharp if he is it’s incredibly sharp I’m in a
warm up the image for C you can see it properly but look at this this is %um that almost
a hundred percent let’s go to like two hundred percent and it is
sharp I mean you can see every lash every
detail there it’s incredibly incredibly sharp this
this lens on the 60 and I’m incredibly happy with that as
well so we’ve got our dark dog images got all
this snow hanging this was the end of the day and let’s go into Photoshop Elements 13
again now that affects their the white balance and only the white
balance and this is an image that does it meet
any of the rules of composition this is one of those things the dogs has
basically in the middle of the image there’s a person distracting in the
image here there’s all this wasted space in the top and this is where I like a in the quick area love I’ll a Photoshop Elements 13
this new thing that they have called crop suggestions and I’m not the type that uses it
because well you know cuz I’m a professional and
I know what to look for but if you’re not you’re kinda trying to get some
suggestions on how to crop an image that’s exactly what it does it gives you
all these ideas using the rules I love composition to
give you the proper I the proper crop so you can see here it
gives you all these different options and personally I think this is the best
option because this person’s in the background to the crop here and hit check you’ve got now you’ve got that
person cropped out you’ve got the dog yessss Mac were here she is smack in the
middle but it’s also at two thirds and height and it’s just a better crop so I really
like the crop suggestions that you get with Photoshop Elements 13 I we’re
shooting out really called extreme conditions sometimes you’re
prone to Jess fire away and just fire away and get it over with as quick as you can
that was honestly the case with me here in a couple these situations I got up close to these dogs I just
wanted to fire images and get a lot in the frame and then crop
them down later because it was too cold to lay there in the snow and think about every single corner of
the image and that’s where this crop tool comes in handy so I hope you learn
something here with Photoshop Elements 13 if you wanna see
the images all of them they’ll be about 20 of them
from the dog sledding completely edited head over to my website brennan’s
adventures dot com they’ll be a link somewhere around my head at this point rate now
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after that we’re heading to Drumheller then we’re heading down to the US to a
massive road trip and then off to South America so it should be a fun couple
months coming up I get you next time peace

Antonio Breitenberg

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5 thoughts on “Dogsledding in Jasper: Dog Sled photography

  1. EatingIn says:

    Would love to go dogsledding!!

  2. Jonathan B. Roy says:

    It would be "la chambre noire numérique" in French! Good video!

  3. Владимир Фёдоров says:

    Hi! Could you mention hows plastic parts of your equipment on low temperatures? I mean tripod, battery, etc? Come and see our places too )
    2:43 I would agree 5300 K is the right way to share the right feeling of -35 C`.))) On 2:49 is abolutely wrong color temperature in this situation! The snow is not yellow at all in reality )))

  4. Robin Tabari says:

    What lens are you using the record at the start? It's a beautiful wide angle lens.

  5. Paul says:

    G'day Brendan and thanks for this video – it's 4 years old but the rules all still apply except the rule regarding the wearing of hats. 🙂 I'm planning to photograph a local dogsled event this weekend and was glad for the many tips you shared here. Cheers.

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