Photography Tips

Ever get frustrated that your subjects are too dark in your pictures?  You’re not alone here are some photography tips.  Many people complain about this when using either a camera phone or point and click camera.  One common cause of this is from shooting into a bright background.  A bright background can be a bright sky, window or any bright light.  If there is more light behind the subject than on the subject, the subject will look dark.  Luckily, this is an easy fix.  Simply, move the subject so that there isn’t so much light behind it.  Try moving the subject in front of a wall or shoot from the top looking down so the background is the ground and not the bright sky. This creates even, ideal lighting in your image, ridding you of the improper lighting proportions.

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One of the best ways you can improve your photography is to learn to understand light.  Most beginners don’t know this, but the best time of day to shoot pictures is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  The sun is softer and illuminates your subject straight on, which helps avoid dark under-eye circles.  Shooting in the middle of the day casts deep shadows under the eyes and nose and the available light is much harsher.  Shooting in the shade is another way to escape harsh light and shadows because it creates an envelope of totally even lighting.

When shooting indoors, be as close to a window as possible, then place your subject in a position where their face is getting the best possible light.  This usually means they are facing the light source.  If there is a light directly above their heads, have them step back a few feet so the light hits them from an angle (minimizing shadows) rather than right over their heads.

Remember when you are shooting at night that your flash can only reach a few feet.  In point and shoot cameras this is generally only about 5-10 feet.  Make sure you are within the flash’s reach of your camera otherwise the flash will have no affect on the picture.

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