Anna Wood, Yr 9/10 Photography and digital media teacher
Using Light Effectively
To take good photos you have to understand how to use the light you have to the best advantage. In Malaysia we are often blessed with overcast skies this means lovely soft light that produces wonderful portraits that your model will love. Here are five tips to help you make the most of the light that you have.
1. Shoot with the light behind you. This will illuminate your subject the best. But if the light is direct be careful your shadow doesn't fall on your subject.
2. The golden hour is the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. This is when you will get nice soft light and amazing skies. It is worth making the effort to have your camera at these time. I promise!
3. Avoid taking portraits in the middle of the day when the light is at its harshest. It can make unpleasant shadows on a person’s faces and make correct exposure difficult. On the plus side shooting at this time can make for some dramatic pictures. You can use a light coloured umbrella to soften the light that falls on faces at this time.
4. Shooting in dark situations can trigger an automatic flash. If it is too dark this will overexpose the subject and the background will be underexposed. You can re-direct your flash to bounce off a wall or the roof with a card or paper or use an external flash. You may also change your camera setting for a longer shutter time.
5. If you can adjust your shutter time, have some fun painting with light. Get some glow sticks outside in the dark with a long shutter speed and do some experimenting.