Southern Manitoba Photographer Creates Cinematic Snowy Photograph

Pembina Valley photographer captures snowy couples portrait with umbrella

As a southern Manitoba photographer, sometimes we don’t have the absolute best of landscapes to photograph. Sometimes we have to create something out of literally nothing.

With a bit of snow coming down, I’ve wanted to create a shot like this for some time. I tried about a year back in the rain with not so great results. With lots of research and learning, I figured I’d be more prepared this time.

I set up a flash about 10 feet behind us aiming back towards the camera. The purpose of this is to light up the snow and give a bit of a rim light on us as well.

There is a second flash right beside me pointed up into the “umbrella”. The umbrella is really my softbox which I use to create better, softer light. The image right out of the camera is below.

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While this looks OK, clearly it needs to be tweaked and edited to really bring out the details. Below is an example of how much detail is available if I need. Cameras are incredible to capture all of that information and have it available to recover in post-processing. As you can see, the background isn’t exactly amazing. This is where knowledge of flash photography is so valuable to create something out of literally nothing.

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I started with raising the exposure to get our skin tones to the level of brightness I want.

umbrella snowy photograph southern manitoba

This is quite close to the finished product. From here I add some editing just to our faces to brighten them up slightly. Lastly I edit just the LS and RS of the frame to get a bit more blue and to recover a bit of the shadows. This allows the snow to become more visible as well.

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If you’re into cinematic photography like this and want to learn more, head over to my CONTACT page and let’s chat about how I can create something memorable and special for you! I don’t think there’s a southern Manitoba photographer who creates images quite like I do.

Also, check out this recent post from a recent Pembina Valley wedding as I photographed my couple against the Morden, Manitoba sign in a unique way!

And if you are planning a wedding in the Pembina Valley, you MUST check out the free PEMBINA VALLEY WEDDING ULTIMATE GUIDE I’ve created!

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