Lighting. Lighting is so important when creating photographs. I prefer natural lighting. That means I don’t use my flash. Even when it’s a low light setting, I never use my on camera flash when capturing my children. I have nothing against flash photography, it’s just not my style. So this post is about seeing the natural light and setting up your image just right.
A while back I took my kids to the Como Conservatory. I love the beautiful light that streams in from the windows and being surrounded by green foliage. Sigh….anyhoo….I was just sitting and talking with my daughter, Emily, and enjoying the moment when I asked her for a photo. Now you need to understand, she’s my hardest child to photograph, because she’s a teenager! But she agreed to let me take her photo.
The first few photo’s I took, were ok. But if you notice in the photo below, you’ll see strong patches of light fall on her face and shirt. How about the dark shadows under her eyes? Is this a bad photo? No. Because she’s my child and agreed to let me take her image so I was striking while the fire was hot. But, I know if I took the time to find better light, this photo could be so much better.
Let me explain how I took the photo below. Knowing I wasn’t getting the results I wanted in the above photo. I quickly looked around the area and asked Emily if she could please move to another spot. It was literally just 4 feet away. The spot I found was out of direct sunlight, and mostly full shade. I then used the sidewalk as my natural reflector to light her from below. If you notice how smooth and even her skin looks now. And her eyes have a bit more twinkle to them and those dark shadows are gone now! This better photo, was only because I found better lighting and she agreed to move.
So to recap:
Watch the patchy light on your subjects. Next, if your location isn’t working and you can easily ask your kid(s) to move, then do so. Finally, look for natural reflectors. Chances are, you’ll be standing on them. So look down. (wink)
All for now!
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