Wanna know something about taking pictures that a lot of people don't know? Always wonder why some photographers take photos in the shadows instead of in the light where "there's more light"?
Well you're in luck, friends. I gotchu! ;) I've collected tips which stem from the same topic: How to Take Better Photos. With this mini-series I intend to educate my clients in what my reasoning for working the way I do as well as teaching you simple tips and tricks in creating better images for your everyday photo taking. Go on, keep reading!
If you've followed my blog for some time or just for the past few posts, I'm sure you've heard me say this before…
Photographers live for light.
But it's not it's not necessary the direct light we live for.
Let me explain without being too technical and without being a total photog nerd..
When you're taking photos in direct sunlight (meaning where there is zero shade), you're more prone to harsh contrast and in other word--not so attractive photo of yourself or loved ones. These are typically the photos where you and your BFF have the squinty eyes or hand over your eyes because "Hurry, the sun is in my eyes!"
Harsh light also tends to create a more masculine look on faces because the light can highlight jaw lines and give a more rougher-around-the-edges appeal.
If that's the look you're going for, rock it! But if it's not, take a few steps into the shade where the light is even and softer.
In the shade, they don't have to squint and the light in even across their faces. This gives a much more attractive photo and makes for a more aesthetically pleasing image. Now, I'm not saying let's all go hide under a rock where it's dark and safe. We still need light, so be sure that there is a source of light coming toward your subject's direction. Just be sure it's not pointed directly to their face.
I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Be sure to follow my blog and social media outlets for more tips.
If you knew all these tips, awesome! Take a photo and tag me in it on Instagram @iamkcphotog so I can see your awesome work! #communityovercompetition
As always, if you have any questions for me I'm available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now go out there and shoot! :)
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