Low Light Situations

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Taking photos in the dark is one of the hardest things for me. It’s something I avoid but I realize that if I avoid it I won’t ever get good at it.

Maybe you’ve had this awesome idea to photograph something but it just didn’t come out right because you didn’t have enough light and using the on camera flash didn’t capture the right mood.

Here’s a situation. You’re at the high school gym and your child is playing in a basketball game. Here’s the perfect chance to get your child in action. You go to take a picture of them and all of a sudden your photo is dark and you wonder what happened.

More than likely you had your flash on and you thought everything would be perfect.  Well the truth is, taking sport photos in low light situations is a very difficult task. First of all, it’s an action sport and so, you want to capture the person in action without them being too blurry.

If you don’t keep your lens up which creates less light hitting your memory card or film, whatever you might have then in your camera, you’ll end up with a blurry nothing. And then, if you decide to put on your flash but when you put the flash on your child or the subject running or jumping is not close to your flash so all you end up with is a bright light with no image of your child whatsoever so how do you remedy this well first of all you’re definitely going to need a tripod

Low light situations require a tripod so that you don’t have handshake and blur and you’re also going to need to make your ISO higher for low light situations.

Your aperture should be at least nine or even lower. Hey, if you’ve been successful at this go ahead and leave a comment below and tell us what you’ve done to help get beautiful photos in low light situations

Night Shots

A lot of events happen at night and some people think that you can have very beautiful photos by just using your on camera flash. Well, there are some techniques you are going to have to learn in order for you to make sure you capture a beautiful photo that’s not washed out.

You know what I mean by washed out don’t you? If you don’t, let me tell you. A washed out photo means that your flash was so strong that it created a white out effect on the persons face. Well that’s good only if you decided that you wanted your subject to look whiter than normal.

However, the rest of us would hope to have our photos look exactly as good as we look in real life. Okay so here is what you can do. You are going to need to bounce your on-camera flash off of a white surface. Wait let me rephrase that, you are going to have to get a flash that can be maneuvered so you can bounce it. So, if there is a white ceiling or a white wall near your subject, perfect, you can use that.

Also, if you had a reflector that is white or basically anything that can be used as a bounce thing you can use that also. Another thing you can use that covers your flash or you could even purchase a flash that’s made for portrait photography and that would be awesome for you to create beautiful photos. This diffused cover is made to put onto you flash so it’s not too bright. Creates beautiful portraits.

Don’t forget if you want to capture a images at night like the moon or other things, you are going to definitely have to invest in a tripod. Sorry to break it to you, I know how expensive cameras can start getting and all of the accessories required to take great photos but I promise that if you get the right accessories your photo experience and photos will be awesome.

You need the right tools to make your life easier. Good luck in your quest to be an awesome photographer. With the new age of digital photography, so many people have the opportunity to be seen and their artistic views of the world through the lens of a camera can be shared with everyone.

 

Portraits

Although, as the owner of All Your Love Photography you’d think that  I love taking any kinds of photos. But, I’d have to say that of all of the types of photos a person can take, portraits happen to be my favorite thing.

Why, because an expression is captured. It’s human and makes me feel as if it’s alive and a memory has been imprinted for life to love and share amongst family and friends.

You can give it to others and they can hold it in their minds and hearts. And, I feel like I’m really good at capturing these moments. Well, maybe it’s also because I don’t have a really good wide angle camera that can help me capture that beautiful landscape.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have that special lens that can turn ordinary blue oceans into aqua blue masterpieces. In order to learn these things you really have to learn from people who know how to capture these.

I, on the other hand love candids. I don’t have too many filters and I haven’t gotten into HD photos yet. But, maybe I’m just old fashioned and taking I Love Photography (2)old fashioned photos will be sufficient for a few more years.

I have the basic portrait set up when going to location. My trusty reflectors, diffusers, on camera flash and camera. What happens to be your favorite type of camera? I love the olympus cameras. They aren’t as popular as Canon or Nikon, but it’s this little unknown that produces beautiful quality photos.

Just talking about it makes me want to get out and update this beauty. It’s given me vivid colors and I enjoy seeing it in action.

 

Why use fill light?

The importance of fill light. Have you ever wondered why people would put on their flash in the middle of the noon day sun? You think to yourself, well geez, he sun is shining brightly above them, who in their right mind would think to use a flash.

Well, in all honesty, most professional photographers and avid photoists know this is needed to create that shadowless look on your client’s faces. Imagine, the sun directly above the person. Think of all the shadow it creates under their nose and eyes. This creates dark dark circles under their eyes and unwanted shadows wherever this harsh light hits.

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If, however, you do not like the unnatural look the on camera flash creates on your subjects, you can always opt to using a reflector. There are certain situations when it’s least optimal to using the on camera flash. A lot of times the on camera flash can meter the light around you too brightly and will make your photo washed out. But, when using a reflector light, you have control over how much light is getting onto your subject’s face.

One word of caution, try not to use the reflector directly under the sun, especially mid-day or when you feel it’s hot outside. The bright sun can make your subject squint and it becomes very uncomfortable for them creating a not so nice photo and sore eyes.

When the client is unable to meet me during the golden hour at sunset or early morning I have to make adjustments to the lighting. It can be tricky doing photo shoots outdoors. Bright light can cause a dilemma so the next best option is to take your subjects under some kind of shady spot but, try not to place them in the shade where there is light reflecting through the leaves you are not going to be happy when you find spots of light on their faces

So, I find a shady spot under some trees or foliage without any beams of light coming through. Then I get my reflector out. I prefer using the golden reflector over silver reflectors because obviously it tends to give a more golden glow on their skins.

Using reflectors allows me to do more photos at many times of the day rather than just one or two times of the day. Some of my really beautiful photos have come from using reflectors.

Don’t be afraid to try new things, I really think you should give it a try too. I promise you will like it.

The Perfect Light

Is there such a thing as the perfect light. In the world of photography lighting is everything, without it you have nothing but a black piece of film. It can make or break you and that’s why it’s important to know when the best time of the day is to have your photography sessions.

I typically use the morning or evening light and just before the sun sets since there is a light called the golden hour. Everyone looks forward to that moment. Even strollers on the beach.

It’s a time of day when the light from the sun goes just below the horizon and it creates a golden light and makes a beautiful golden glow on your subjects skin. Creating that soft portrait look that every woman desires.

I Love Photography (9)What happens if you can’t be there to capture this golden light. Well, one option is to make your own golden hour, you can do this by using filters or reflectors so whenever I am doing a photo shoot and we are under the shade and I don’t want to use my camera flash I bring out my trusty ‘ol gold or silver reflector.

Another way to get this light is to have a deflector so basically a deflector  to defuse light. Actually maybe a better word it’s a diffuser. You are especially going to need this when you’re in the midday sun. Most of the time, your subject will be squinting because of the brightness of the sun so that wouldn’t look to nice. Plus, the bright sun can also cause too shadows on the contours of the face creating ugly dark spots.

So, to remedy this, what you need to do is get a diffuser put it over the subject. I would say maybe about 2 feet above them or even a tent that is white it will soften the light and create a beautiful glow in the faces and a twinkle in their eyes.

Well, that’s all the information I have today about that subject. We can go on and on about lighting. It’s really a very critical component to getting awesome photos.