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The next time you head outside for a day of sledding and snowman building, don’t forget your camera. “You’ll get a great natural contrast between clean white snow and your child’s bright-colored hat, mittens, and scarf,” says Maris Ehlers, a photographer based in Hanover, Minnesota. “Plus, kids are more relaxed and their smiles are more natural when they’re photographed playing outside.” To keep photos from turning out too bright (from the sun reflecting on the snow), try this tip from Ehlers: While holding your camera (set on manual), walk as close to your child as you can so he takes up most of the frame. Press the shutter button halfway, then step back to the distance you want before releasing the button. “This sets the camera’s exposure to eliminate all the glare,” Ehlers says.

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