Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo Tip Thursday: Shooting in the Snow

Now I know what you all might be thinking here..."Whoa whoa whoa Andrew, it's a little early for snow photo tips." I did happen to hear on the news though that snow might be in the recent forecast for some of you fashion bloggers way up in the north however, so I thought I'd post this so you could be ready when the flurries do start to fall.

First off, I want to tell you why shooting in the snow is so tricky. If you've ever taken photos in the snow before in automatic mode, you've probably noticed that your pictures turn out quite underexposed {see the photo below for an example}.

The all to often result of relying on your camera's automatic setting when taking photos in the snow...drastically underexposed photos.

To explain why this happens, I want to discuss the camera's metering system for a quick second. You see, a camera determines proper exposure by making sure that all of the light and dark areas in your images average out as "middle gray". Middle gray is just a term that describes a shade of grey that reflects 18% of the light that hits it. You may remember from physics class that the color white reflects all wavelengths of light, and black absorbs all wavelengths of light. Gray on the other hand is a mixture of white and black, and therefore absorbs some of the light that hits it, but reflects some as well.

Use the above image as an example. I've made it black and white just for the sake of simplicity. In order for the camera to think that this is the proper exposure, if you took all of the light areas {whites} and the dark areas {blacks} in this image and blended them together, they would have to average out to form the middle gray color that you see in the diagram below. It's exactly the same premise for color images, don't worry.

The real problem when you're shooting in the snow is that it {being white} is a very reflective medium when it comes to light. Snow bounces all of light that hits it back off of it. This is very confusing for the camera exposure metering system because it detects all of these white areas in the image and the enormous amount of light reflected from them and says, "Whoa! There's way too much white in this image and it's not averaging out to middle gray. I need to do something to make this image average out correctly to middle gray." It does this by decreasing the exposure {thereby decreasing the amount of light entering the camera} so that there's more dark areas in the image and the light and dark regions average out to middle gray.

This is particularly confusing because even though the arrow in your exposure meter is right on the center mark and says that your exposure is "correct", it actually isn't and your photos end up being underexposed. This is where you have to outsmart your camera.

While the light and dark areas average out to middle gray and the exposure meter says that the exposure is "correct", the image is clearly underexposed.
To compensate for your camera's snowy shortcomings, move the arrow in the exposure meter one or two stops to the right {by decreasing shutter speed or raising ISO} to increase the exposure of your image. Also, set your camera to partial/center-weighted metering so that it calculates exposure from the center of the image where your subject is, all the while ignoring most of the snow that surrounds them.

Moving the exposure meter to right will properly expose your subject and make the snow appear its true white color. This might not average out as middle gray, but oh well. in this case it's not supposed to.

Thanks for reading and happy snow shooting!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Camo Chic

Jeans: Blank NYC c/o Sage Threads & Co. | Top: Marley Lilly | Blazer: Gap | Shoes: Vince Camuto {similar} | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Necklace: c/o Loren Hope | Earrings: Givenchy | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Ring: House of Harlow {similar} | Watch: Michael Kors
I am completely digging these camo jeans from Sage Threads & Co.  I've been lusting after some camo jean leggings for awhile now, so this was perfect timing.  It seems perfect for fall--you can add a bunch of layers to it and this camo print is subtle enough to be able to wear different colors with it.  Sage Threads & Co. has some fabulous denim here, but if you're interested in something else, then they have some pretty chic tees, sweaters, jackets, and dresses.  I've currently got my eyes set on these Moto Midrise Skinnies and this lumberjack sweater.  I mean, pair those two suckers together and I'll be good to go.

Sage Threads & Co  is based out of Austin, TX and has pretty much everything to fit your personal style.  Boho chic? They got you covered.  Preppy? Yep, that too.  They're offering you lovely readers 15% off by using the promo code "YAY15".  So, make sure to give them a visit over here {and their blog over here} and get to shoppin'! 

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{Thanks to Sage Threads & Co for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.}

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Speckled Gray

Jeans: J.Crew | Top: Loft | Blazer: Banana Republic | Scarf: Zara {sold out; similar} | Shoes: Clark's | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Clutch: c/o Silver Gallery Int'l | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuffs: c/o Loren Hope {here & here} | Earrings: BaubleBar | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott
I wore this outfit for my friend's birthday dinner the other day.  I thought it would be fun to sit outside because they have these tables with a fire pit in the middle. Well, we sit down in the seats and we had forgotten that it rained earlier, so our bootays were soaked and a bit dirty.  Luckily, you couldn't really see it on normal colored denim, buuut I was wearing white.  I guess that's what I get for wearing white after Labor Day--but I mean, rules are meant to be broken, right? Right.

{p.s. this scarf is sold out but here's a similar one with an orange/brown plaid}
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Red + Leopard

Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Cords: J.Crew | Shoes: Steve Madden | Tote: c/o GiGi New York | Scarf: Express {similar} | Earrings: BaubleBar | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuffs: c/o Loren Hope {here & here} | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Bracelet: c/o Silver Gallery Int'l | Lips: MAC 'Ruby Woo'
Every year, Express has this scarf and it always sells out in the brown color.  Luckily, I was able to snag this a year ago, but I have noticed that Express is usually on their A game when it comes to their scarves.  Here is a perfect plaid blanket scarf that's got a pop of pink {you may have seen it in my instagram here}--it's selling out in stores, so make sure to get one before that happens!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

From the Soul

Shirt: via SoulCycle | Leggings: Nike {these are the exact same without the SoulCycle logo} | Shoes: Nike | Necklace: c/o Gorjana | Earrings: c/o Kendra Scott | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Ray Ban 
I've been doing TRX on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays over at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center at noon with Jennifer, and I think I may be addicted.  It's seriously awesome.  I feel like an amazon when I take that class (in the best possible way).  I'm usually the only girl, because the class is geared toward men, but I think that's why I like it so much.  I'm not treated like a delicate little flower, but instead I'm forced to do all these intense things just like the guys.

Anyways, I scored this workout outfit up in NY when I tried SoulCycle with one of my best friends.  It was probably the best day ever...mostly because we grabbed a lobster roll immediately afterward.  I guess it's a good thing we had worked out beforehand.  If you're into SoulCycle and live in Louisville, Jeff has a Rhythm Ride over at Milestone that is similar to it (beat of the music, using weights, etc.)  To check out their class schedule, click here, and to see their TRX schedule, click over here.

Happy Saturday, y'all!

{Thanks to Milestone for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.}

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