More Snow

More Snow

8 week online workshop
lesson 4
1 Hard Light.

Went outside to work on the Hard light topic a bit. The very first thing I noticed is that we have this giant free light reflector that blankets the ground. This causes both a helpful hand as well as a problem. It’s very bright everywhere you look so getting pictures that are not squinty eyed is troublesome. It does eliminate much of the harsh shadows that I would normally get if the snow wasn’t on the ground. I did focus on shooting details and made sure to pick the brightest hat my daughter owns to add some color pop to the pictures. I was happy to finally figure out how to work the fill flash on my camera though but it proved unhelpful for me today – maybe in the summer I’ll be able to play with it a little more.

These were all shot at 100iso, 1/320ss, and f/4.5.

I chose the first photo because it was an interesting shot to me. I wished the hat was even more in focus but the idea I had in my head is there. Then I shared a squinty eyed photo, and a detailed photo (the hands and ball) and just for fun I’m sharing a photo for you to see my beautiful reflector the universe has provided for me.

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. Hi Samantha, this first image could have been stunning. I’d love to see you try that one again and really nail the focus. The colours and the feeling of emotion in the image are gorgeous but it looks to me like you may have been too close to get focus on the hat or else missed the focus for some other reason.
    And being a beach photographer I know what you mean about having a huge free light reflector. I’m lucky though as the sand is not as bright as the snow so it doesn’t cause the squinty eye problem.

    • I will get her out again and try it 🙂 I’m fairly sure I was too close, she walked up to me and I snapped it without moving back and zooming in… I was bummed when I got it to the computer and it wasn’t as in focus as I had hoped.

    • Oh and the squinty eye photo is back to the sun (almost)… Soooo bright.

  2. I just love the pink against the white snow – a ‘pop’ of colour indeed! I love the little details here. The first photo is so beautiful, it is a pity about the focus. I do that quite often – it looks fine on the little lcd screen on the camera but then when you get it on a big screen you realise the focus is off or it’s blurry.
    Given how much snow you’ve had lately maybe the universe is just encouraging you to take more beautiful photos?? 🙂

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