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How to Photograph White Sands

White Sands, New Mexico
White Sands, New Mexico

Photo: Tory Davis

How to photograph White Sands without having the picture coming out gray?


As is the case when taking a picture of snow landscapes, the camera is "blinded" by the light and underexposes your White Sands picture, rendering it gray.


You will have to overwrite your light meter. Look at your brightness correct buttons and crank it up +1 or +2.

Instead, you could also lock your camera on a gray object.

Here is a tip from Professional Secrets of Nature Photography - Essential Techniques for Photographing Outdoors, by Judy Holmes.

How to Photograph White Sands
Check Your Light Meter if You Want to Have White Sands, not Gray Sands


And if you're in the mood, you can buy Judy's book now:



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