Whether you live in a place that snows in the winter or it’s something you only see every few years on vacation, chances are we’ll all be photographing in the snow at least once in our lifetimes. A common problem that pops up this time of year is that snow in our images can look more gray than white. This occurs because light meters read for the middle tone (often called “middle gray”). When a scene is completely white, our light meters don’t have other tones to reference, so the meter will interpret the snow as a middle tone rather than a highlight. This is why snow scenes metered normally appear gray. The good news? There’s an easy fix! In snow scenes, overexposing two stops more than normal will help the snow appear white instead of gray!