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Project 52 : Week 2 - White

Each month I have a prompt dedicated to a different color. For January, I choose WHITE and hoped that there would be snow that week...and there was! Kansas City had a 10" snow storm last weekend - more snow than the previous 3 years combined. Bryce was so excited to go out and play in the snow this year! He made snow angels, had a snow ball fight, slid down a small pile of snow on his sled and enjoyed just falling into the snow.

A note about my settings and setup (shot in manual mode).

  1. Shooting in the snow can be tough because the white snow reflects so much light and can play "tricks" on your light meter. I overexposed by a full stop so that the snow would appear white (instead of gray) and so that my subject would be bright enough.

  2. For this particular shot, I got low to the ground so I would have the snow pile in the foreground and be on his eye level. This also helped to crop out the houses in the background and bring the low hanging tree branches into the frame as well. I wanted to have a lot of white negative space so that Bryce and his sled were the main focus.

  3. The shutter speed was relatively high because he was moving around a lot and I wanted him to be in focus and capture the motion.

  4. I set the aperture to f/5 so that more of the image was in focus. I didn't care too much about a super blurry background since the snow covered trees are beautiful.

  5. I was able to keep the ISO very low since it was bright outside.

  6. Since it was slightly snowing while I was shooting, I cut a hole in a gallon sized plastic bag and placed it over my camera and had the lens sticking slightly out of the bag. My hands were able to fit in the bag and still press the buttons. This kept my camera mostly dry.

  7. On post production, I increased the exposure slightly and darkened the shadows & blacks to make the subject POP.

If you would like to join me this year and complete your own Project 52, download my prompt guide and follow along.

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