Thursday, April 26, 2012


I know I have been neglecting this blog. I have been reading a lot and practicing a lot. But I haven't felt like writing about it. But here is a little info on light and a link to a really good article on light by Annie Manning from Paint the Moon. Seriously, read it and then reread it.

Light is one of the most important aspects of photography. You need good light to get a good picture. here are some quick things I can tell you and then head over to Annie's article here.

1. Full mid day sun is a pain to shoot in. It cast  harsh shadows on people and just doesn't look that nice.

2. If you are shooting in mid day try to find some shade to stick your subject in but face them towards the light. This is called open shade.

3. If you are shooting mid day and there is no shade, try to position your subject with the sun behind them. then meter for the face. The background might get blown but the face is really your priority.

4. The best time to shoot outdoors is the "golden hour," which is the hour before sunset. The light is pretty and soft. You still might need open shade and might want to do some back lighting.

5. Shooting inside your house can be hard with natural light. Open up all your windows and stick your subject in front of them. You can even open up your door and stick your subject there.

6. Experiment with how you have your subject face the light. Facing the light straight on could give you flat lighting (not many shadows on the face). I actually don't hate flat lighting but a lot of photographers do. I say just experiment to see what you like. I will do a post where I show the difference with angles to the light source.

Okay so know go read Annie's article. Oh and you can look at these recent pics I did of my daughters.

 ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125, f-stop 3.5
** I have had this pic critiqued in a couple different groups and no one has really liked it. But I LOVE it. I think my girls look so sweet and I just remember how awful of a photo shoot this was. What a horrible time they were having but they still tried to humor me.

 ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/160, f stop 3.5
** So I think I should have opened up my aperture a bit ( lower the number). That would have blurred my background more and then I could have upped my shutter speed which I think I should have at least at 1/250 with kids.

ISO 100, shutter speed 1/250, f-stop 3.5

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