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Join 's Course: 2-Week Short Course: Snow PhotographyLearn how to make captivating photos of snow scenes. Meters are not designed to interpret large expanses of white snow, and thatís why winter photography is challenging. Usually the pictures end up being underexposed and the snow looks gray instead of white. This 2-week course, taught by top pro Jim Zuckerman, explains how to deal with this problem effectively so your snow exposures are perfect. In addition, protecting yourself and your camera equipment from the cold requires preparation and planning. Jim shares with you his favorite methods by which you can protect your fingers, toes, ears and face against bitter cold so you can keep shooting.

Key Features

  1. NOTE: This interactive online course runs 2 weeks!
  2. How to Get the Right Snow Exposure
  3. Protecting You AND Your Gear from the Cold

  • For serious hobbyists and intermediates
  • Exposure compensation
  • Spot metering
  • Technical challenges
  • Four metering techniques for snow
  • How to use a hand-held meter
  • Protecting gear from the cold
  • Winter clothing suggerstions

$99.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Jim  Zuckerman Jim Zuckerman
Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.

In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.

I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.

For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Iíd project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.

I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.

For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: How to Get the Right Snow Exposure
If you don't understand exposure and you take pictures of snow scenes without any kind of compensation, the pictures will be dark. However, no exposure-compensation formula is successful all the time, since snowy scenes vary greatly in terms of lighting and in terms of how much of the picture frame is white. The instructor discusses four specific ways you can expose for any kind of snow situation and be consistently correct.
Assignment: Submit images showing accurate exposures, and in the caption,   explain what exposure technique you used.  Any subjects in the snow qualify - from kids to pets to landscapes to macro shots.

Lesson 2: How to Protect You AND Your Gear from the Cold
Taking pictures in extreme cold temperatures requires you to think about things that photographers usually donít have to consider. In this lesson, the instructor shares proven techniques for keeping yourself warm in snow country  and for keeping your camera equipment in the best shape.
Assignment: Submit snow photos that demonstrate challenging exposure situations, and tell how you metered the images.

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 



  • Digital camera
  • A basic understanding of f/stops and shutter speeds
  • A basic understanding of your cameraís controls
  • Skill Level: Serious Hobbyist through Advanced



Who is the course intended for?
It is intended for all photographers because most of us will shoot in cold conditions sooner or later. 

What kind of equipment will I need to complete the photo assignments?
You can use any kind of digital camera in which you can control the f/stops and shutter speeds. Your camera should also have exposure compensation, and virtually all digital cameras have this feature. 

I really want to learn more about snow photography. But can I still take the course if I am unable to shoot any new snow photos for the assignments?
Yes! Feel free to submit images you've taken in the past. In fact, I am always happy to critique any photos, whether new or old.  

Do you hire an assistant to help you write the critiques, or do you do them all yourself?
Jim is the only one who writes the critiques. You are getting 40 years of experience in the feedback you receive each week.  

What if I'm late for an assignment? Will you still critique my work?

Yes, absolutely.† The beauty of online courses is that they can fit into any schedule.† This isn't high school. This course is for you, and if you're late - even if you submit images after the course is officially over - Jim will still critique your work. 

Can we use digital editing software like Photoshop or Elements to alter our photos?

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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