"Finding the Light".....this seems to be the hardest aspect of photography to master. It should be easy, it should be second nature, I feel like I should know exactly where to place people and where I should stand to shoot.....but I don't.....it's hard.....I haven't quite figured it out. I have to search for the light....I have to think about which direction the sun is coming from, then figure out how to place my subject. I have to take a moment and think it through, which is a challenge when trying to photograph a toddler!!
It's so important to master this skill because it affects every part of your photo....The lighting situation will either give you an amazing photo, or a really blah one! After reading about 1000 articles on the "best way to find the light" here is what I have concluded.....
1. Place your subject by a window or door on a sunny or partly sunny day....(this one is kinda a given)
2. If you are shooting a person, watch for the catch lights in their eyes. A catch light is that pretty sparkly refection you get in the eye when the light hits it perfectly!
3. To find the catch lights, have your subject stand near a window, then have them rotate slowly in a circle until you see the sparkle. That's when you know you have "found the light"
4. TURN THAT FLASH OFF!!
5. If you have an assistant pull out your reflector.
Keeping these rules in mind I think I have successfully "found the light" in my house!!
Look at those catch lights!!!! This photo just makes me smile! The trick to keeping a toddler still is giving them snacks!!!
ISO 800, 1/160sec at f/2.8, 50mm 1.4 lens
You can even find the catch lights in your pets .... Jules giving Max some love....
ISO 800, 1/125sec at f/2.8, 50mm 1.4 lens
This is Max thinking....."put the camera down already".....
ISO 800, 1/160sec at f/1.8, 50mm 1.4 lens
beautiful natural light.....
ISO 800, 1/30sec at f/2.8, 50mm 1.4 lens
As you can see....I had to bribe with more snacks......But after seeing those eyes it was totally worth it!
ISO 640, 1/250sec at f/2.0, 50mm 1.4 lens
No catch lights here, but beautiful natural light bouncing off of her pretty face!
ISO 800, 1/200sec at f/7.1, 50mm 1.4 lens
Now it's your turn!! Go open those windows and "find the light"