LIGHT

How to Find & Use Open Shade in Photography for Better Photos

How to Find & Use Open Shade in Photography for Better Photos

Today we are going to have tutorial on LIGHT - specifically how to find and use open shade in photography, so you can take more flattering photos.

First of all, raise your hand: how many times have you read / heard that you should shoot in the hours just before sunset or just after sunrise (a.k.a the Golden Hour), for the best light?

And how many times did you mutter under your breath that that’s freakin’ impossible to do all the time, especially if you have kids? (yes, I hear you)

The good news is, there is a way to photograph in full sun, even at midday, hat still allows you to get nice, soft even light on your subjects, AND is easy to use!

It’s called open shade, and in this photography lighting tutorial, I’m going to show examples of where you can find open shade, and how to use it for the most flattering results.

Let’s jump in!

4 Ways Shadows Can Add Impact to Your Photos

4 Ways Shadows Can Add Impact to Your Photos

I used to be terrified of shadows when I was taking pictures!  I wanted the image to be as shadow free as possible, because dealing with the shadows are where they were falling on my subject was a nightmare I wasn't ready to contend with. 

But once you have got to grips with the basics of your camera, introducing shadows is an amazing way to make your images more engaging. 

Here's four reasons why shadows can add impact to your photos, and why you should start to try to incorporate them today! 

5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

I pretty much exclusively use natural light for my images, because I love the variety and beauty it offers. I also love the challenge of working with what mother nature has given me to work with on any particular day!

However, learning to work with and see light effectively does take some time, so today, I want to go over some tips for working with natural light that is just for beginners. 

Let's get stuck in! 

5 Places with Great Light In Your Home

5 Places with Great Light In Your Home

Think you need a dedicated studio or gorgeous outdoor setting to capture great portraits of your child? Think again!  

The key to great looking portraits is using somewhere with great light, and as luck would have it there are loads of places you can use just in and around your own home!  Here are 5 areas in your home to use for great portraits. 

A Step by Step Guide to Creating Starbursts

A Step by Step Guide to Creating Starbursts

Adding star / sun bursts to your image is a great way to make an everyday scene or moment look a little bit more interesting, so it’s a great trick to have in your photography arsenal! I actually don't play around with this as much as I should, but since I have just reminded myself of it's awesome affect - I'm off to play with it again today! 

If you want to give it a go, it's really simple! Here's a step by step guide on how you do it....

What Are Catchlights (And How Do I Get Them?)

What Are Catchlights (And How Do I Get Them?)

The eyes are a huge part of a successful portrait (they don't call them the window to the soul for nothin'!) and one way we can make sure they really look their best is to make sure that they have catchlights. 

A catchlight is nothing more than light being reflected in the eyes of your subject - they are the white areas you can see in the eyes on the examples below. They help to make your subject look alive, and give depth and life to any portrait - without them the eyes look lifeless and empty.  The good news is they are incredibly simple to achieve - it really is all about how you position your subject! 

How To Take Birthday Candle Photos

How To Take Birthday Candle Photos

If you are a photographer parent, or a photographer who shoots event and birthdays, you will inevitably need to know how to take great pictures of children blowing out their birthday candles.

Although it might seem like a challenging task at hand, taking birthday candle pictures is honestly very simple! With the right knowledge of camera settings and lighting, taking birthday cake pictures will be a breeze.

8 Simple Steps to a Awesome Silhouette

8 Simple Steps to a Awesome Silhouette

I just love taking silhouettes - they are dramatic yet simple, and they always seem to stand out in a group of photos. And the best news? The are actually pretty easy to do! You just want to keep a few key things in mind when taking your shot to get the image you are going for :) 

So let’s get crackin’ with the steps to an awesome silhouette!