DSLR Basics: Finding Good Light

Hey y’all! About a week ago, I posted on my Instagram asking you what you want to see more of on my blog! The response, by an overwhelming amount, was that y’all want to know more about photography. Which was GREAT news to me, because there is nothing I love more than nerding out about cameras and compositions. So for the next 2 weeks I will be blogging about how to get the most out of that fancy camera you got for Christmas! 

If you’ve looked into learning more at all you’ve probably seen the words aperture, shutter speed, and ISO thrown around quite a bit, but today we aren’t talking about those things. Yes, those things are super important (and they are coming up next), but today we are talking about finding good light. Because the truth is, whether you have a $20,000 camera or a $200 camera, if you don’t have good light you don’t have a good image.

So how do you find good light? 

Look for Even Light

When lighting an image, look for light that can cover your subject in it’s entirety, evenly without splotches or split light. 

Look for Soft Light

And by this I mean, steer clear of harsh light… like run, sprint away from harsh light. You know that light when you walk outside at noon on a sunny day and you’re like “hollyyyyyy, it’s bright.” Yeah that light is not the best for photos. On these days, try and find shade (even shade!!) to take photos in. On cloudy days, you’re in luck! Almost all the light will be soft on cloudy days no matter where you are! 

Inside? Look for Clean Light

By this point you are thinking, how many ways can she describe light?? A LOT. Because it is that important. Clean light is important everywhere, but especially when shooting inside. Light can (and will) reflect off of anything, so when you are inside it’s important to be aware of what your light is reflecting off of and what color it’s turning. For example… dark walls or wooden walls are not going to reflect pretty/clean/or bright light onto your subject. However, a white wall will. You can’t always control every detail when you’re shooting, but it definitely helps to be conscience. 

Shoot Backlit

Remember those harsh, sunny days we were talking about?? Besides just running towards shade, you can also shoot backlit, meaning the sun is behind your subject. This will leave a pretty rim light around your subject’s head while creating soft/even light for their faces. At the right times of day, this kind of light can yield the most beautiful images.

”Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

As always, if you have any questions please shoot me a message and I will be happy to answer whatever I can! xoxo!