Ever wondered why your pictures are too dark, why your friends & family show red eye after a flash photo or how to make better use of natural lighting? Today I link to an article I found in PC World. Below are some questions I get and issues that arise when working with photography classes, when in the field on guided photo excursions or when I’m on a shoot myself and they’re addressed nicely in the article.
Soft light works best- natural light early or late day lighting , an overcast or even a passing cloud and diffused flashes are your friend.
Distance makes a difference- sounds simple and it is. The closer your light source is to your subject the more influence it has and of course visa versa (did I spell that right!). Think about that when using your flash but read more on:
Red eye- occurs essentially when flash emits on the same plane or nearly so as the camera lens. Basically it bounces off the retina and results in perfectly disturbing red eye but that can be avoided by adjusting shooting angle and by accessories like external flashes.
White Balance- this is often a tough one to explain but basically the light source carries a certain color balance or influence and when set improperly can result in disappointing color casts over your shot- usually yellow or blue. I always teach beginners to immediately place this setting on auto (since most cameras are well engineered) until they understand the concept enough to make manual adjustments.
All of this stuff is good to know and makes a difference. Read here to learn more about what inspired this week’s post. For more in depth instruction, drop me a line- Gordon.
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