Pro Lighting Tips- For The Photography Lover
Lighting can make or break a photo. Getting right can be tricky, but with a few tweaks you can get photos just like the pros! To get nice even lighting follow the tips below. Also as you read take note of the difference in the photo based on the lighting technique used. This will hep guide you towards the style you like best!
Shoot in the shade: shooting in full sun causes harsh shadows, uneven lighting, and squinting. Lookout for hot spots, that is, look out for patches of sunlight coming through your shady space. You want to aim for nice even diffused lighting. If you can't find shade, make your own with a diffuser (you can purchase them at any camera store).
The magic hour: Photographers love to shoot in the magic hour, the hour right before sunset. This is the best time to take advantage of soft golden light. Between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm is typically the worst time to shoot. The sun is highest and creates harsh lighting and it's difficult to find shade. I try to schedule my sessions for 2 hours before sunset.
Spot Meter: Set your camera to spot meter so you can measure the light on your subject. Sometimes this will mean your background will be super bright, but rule of thumb is to have the subject exposed correctly.
Back Lighting: If you can't find shade, or you want a nice halo lighting effect, back light your subject. Literally have your subject turn their back to the sun. Again use your spot meter so you are sure to correctly expose the subject.
Shooting indoors? Choose a spot inside next to a window that lets in lots of natural light.