Monthly Archives: February 2011

UA College of Engineering: Prius and People!

Last week I did a quick shoot for the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. I’m still fuzzy on the details, but the college is working with Toyota on a project that will make the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive much, much smaller. I spent an hour or so shooting some faculty, grad students, and a Prius, and the shot(s) will probably be on the cover of their alumni magazine. Luckily, I had a big warehouse door wide open and all of the natural light I could ask for at 2 p.m.! There’s also something unique and neat going on with the crazy high voltage contained electrical system you see behind the car…I wish I could tell you more about it, but all I know is that not many places in the country have something so high tech. Cool!

10 Tips for Snow Photography (+ Images!)

Northwest Arkansas got a record amount of snow yesterday (almost 20″ in Fayetteville – over three years’ worth of snow in 24 hours!), so I bet many of you are going to go out and take photos in it. I thought I’d share some images I took a few days ago along with a few tips for taking photos in the snow. Here you go! (More images are here on Flickr, and I’ll be going out to take photos in yesterday’s storm today!)

1. Most importantly, don’t trust your camera’s light meter. Cameras expose to a neutral 18% gray level, and in doing so make snow look gray. If you’re shooting on manual, you have control over this. If you’re shooting on auto, aperture priority, etc., set your exposure compensation from +0.5 to +1.5 stops overexposed. This will make the snow white and your subject will still be properly exposed. (Use spot metering!) 2. Be careful when changing lenses. If it’s snowing, snow could get in your lens or camera, melt, and be generally annoying. Many cameras and lenses are not weather-sealed, so you should be careful that your breath doesn’t melt too much snow on the camera. Also, use your lens hood if you have one; it will keep renegade snowflakes from getting on the front of your lens.