Although I had my own photography business for over six years before I began blogging, I hesitate giving photography advice to bloggers, since… well… most everyone’s photos are so darn awesome. Many of you may not be professional photographers, but your photos look professional.
But I am going to press on, since I see something out there that needs to be addressed. You know if you had toilet paper stuck to your shoe, I’m the friend that would tell you. You’d want to know, wouldn’t you?
Do you use a flash when you take your photos? (I’m talking to non-bloggers too!) If your answer is no, then you may sit this one out, if it’s yes, then we need to talk. Ah yes, the dreaded “we need to talk”. Well, the thing is, that directional light makes for better photography. Directional light is light coming from an angle, that causes shadows on one side, enhancing the three-dimensional look of something or someone. Here’s a photo with directional shadows, (You can tell the light is coming from the right.)
and here is one taken with a flash (The light is coming from the front and eliminating shadows). See the difference?
When you use a flash, it eliminates most shadows on your subject, and therefore can cause your thing or person to appear flat in the photo. And sometimes the flash is so bright that the subject ends up getting washed out.
Okay so you’ve got a low-light situation, so what are you going to do? Option 1: Move the object outside if possible. In the shade works or in the sun if it is low on the horizon like early in the morning or late in the evening.
Option 2: Move the object to a bright window if possible. This obviously works only if there is a good amount of light coming in the window. But too much can wash out the subject. You want the light to be bright but not have the sun directly hitting the object.
I’m not done talking, so come back later for more lighting tips. I’m just getting started!!