Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fun in the Snow

One of the biggest snowstorms in decades hit Portland. I heard a lawnmower-like sound from my bedroom window, and I peeked out to look. This is what I saw. Pure Awesome, in frozen form.

Remember, when shooting in the snow, or very bright conditions in the overall scene, always pay attention to your exposure. In most snow pictures, you want to overexpose (unless you are using the spot meter) because most camera light meters will try to meter for 18% grey. Snow is clearly brighter and whiter than that. Overexposing in the default metering mode by about 1.5-2 stops should get it pretty close to what the correct exposure needs to be.

Shot with my D700 + 85mm 1.4 @ f/2, ISO 200

Saturday, December 13, 2008


These are my good friends Joe and Sammy. They recently had a beautiful little girl named Penelope. I had the honor of her first photoshoot.

Keep in mind that if you ever do portraits of newborns, DO NOT USE FLASH! Newborn babies should not have such visual stimulation. These shots were all with natural lighting.

The first shot was backlit from a large window. If you don't want your backlit pictures to be dark, use spot metering or bump up the exposure compensation or you will have dark faces. Shot with D700 + 85mm 1.4.

The second shot was simply in their living room, sitting on a couch. I zoomed in close enough with the 80-200 2.8 to eliminate any distractions from the frame. Luckily I caught an intimate moment of Sammy and Penny.