Hi you all I am sharing this with you today as summer is approching and I am sure we all will be out and about having some fun and want to save those memories. Here is a great tip from a great site if you want to learn how to take that perfect once in a life time shot..I hope you enjoy.



A Guest Post by Heather Bettison at Digital-Photography-Advisor.com.

Has buying the right studio lighting setup stopped you from taking your  portrait photography seriously? It shouldn’t. You can take great portraits with  natural light.

Photography is about light. Learning how to see light is essential to  developing your photographic eye. When taking pictures, being able to determine  the intensity, color and direction of the light will help you know how to  position your subject and which camera settings to use.

Intensity of Light

Direct intense light can be quite harsh. You often find these conditions on  bright sunny days. Harsh light intensifies the contrast between light and  shadows and can be very unflattering. When you take pictures in harsh sunlight  your subject often ends up with shadowy eye sockets that make them look tired.

When working with diffused less intense light, contrast is lower and the  light is more flattering. When the sun is shining brightly overhead there are a  few things you can do to diffuse the light.

Find some cover. Shade can act as a great diffuser. Try to photograph your  subject under the cover of a porch, awning, or the shade of tree cover.  When  working in shade make sure the subject is evenly covered by the shade. Any  specks of bright sunlight shining on them will detract from the look of the  picture.

If you don’t have any shade in the area, you can diffuse the light with a  scrim. Simply place the scrim between your subject and the light source.

Overcast days are good for natural light portrait photography because the  cloud cover acts as a natural diffuser. Even on overcast days you may find  yourself in need of a fill flash to help your subject’s features stand out in  the picture.

If you are taking pictures inside and relying on a window as your light  source, move your subject away from the window to lessen the intensity of the  light. You can also cover the window with sheer curtains or use a scrim between  your subject and the window to help diffuse the light.

Color of Light


Some light is cool and has more of a bluish tint. Some  light is warm and has more of a golden tint. Our eyes naturally adjust to  changes in the color of light to keep colors looking the same in various  lighting situations. Our cameras don’t do that. That’s why white balance is so  important. When working with natural light you can use the white balance setting  that is appropriate to the type of light your working with, like sunny, shade,  or cloudy for example.

These white balance choices may not always give you the correct color in the  picture though. The color of the objects the light reflects off of will  influence the color of the light. If the color on your picture is not right it  can make your subjectís skin look sickly. The best white balance results can be  found when you use your custom white balance. Keep a gray card in your camera  bag so you can set your custom white balance at every shoot. You can buy a gray  card at any camera store.


Knowing where the light is coming from will help you know where to position  your subject to get the best picture.  It’s natural to assume that the best way  to position your subject is with the sunlight shining directly into the face to  light up their features. This isn’t usually the best choice. Looking towards the  sun will make your subject squint. It will also cause shadows around the eyes  that make them tired. Instead, try positioning your subject with the sun behind  them. The backlight this provides will cast nice highlights around the hair.  With the sun behind them, use a reflector or a fill flash to fill in the shadows  and light up the face for the picture. Another good option is to place your  subject with the sun to the side and slightly behind them.

If you have a hard time determining where to place your subject in relation  to the light source, try this exercise to help you see where the light is  falling. Position your subject in the area where you want to photograph them.  Stand as far away from them as you plan to be when you take the picture. Now  walk completely around your subject noticing the light from all angles. Once  you’ve walked around them once, walk a circle around them again slowly. This  time have your subject turn with you so they are facing you the entire time.  Look at their face closely and notice the changes in light as they face  different directions. Notice how the light touches their features and where the  shadows land. Notice how the light catches their eyes in each position. Once you  find the best direction for your subject to face, take your pictures.

Learning to see light will take time. As you recognize the qualities of  light, positioning your subject in the best light will become easier and easier.

See more from Heather Bettison at Digital-Photography-Advisor.com.

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