Hello and welcome to Lesson Two. Today we are going to be focussing on Natural Light.
I know that some of you have covered this in one of my other courses but please take the time today to really think about how you have been using light.
Have you been making great use of it? Have you experienced some really magical light outside? Is there anything you need to practise? Maybe you have a question for me in the Facebook Group.
If you haven't learnt about Natural Light before I think today is going to be an exciting lesson for you!
Let's start with my video.
The first thing I want you to do today is turn off your flash on your camera and your phone. For the rest of this course we are going to be shooting in natural light.
The next thing you need to do is begin to find your happy spots for photography in your own homes, workplaces etc. To find a happy spot you need to start with a window and turn off any lights in the room and in the hallway. Tables close to windows and mantelpieces in rooms with big windows are great but you can also set up a space on the floor near a window.
If you are photographing top down (for a flat lay style image) then you can position your things in front of the window but for anything else you should have the window to the side of you, so the light is coming across your subjects.
As the light is only coming in from one side then you might find you get dark shadows appearing. If this happens then you can use a reflector or a white piece of card to bounce the light back onto your subject.
In addition to finding your happy spots near windows you also need to become aware of how the light changes throughout the day and throughout the year. Taking a photograph at 8am in August is very different to taking a photograph at 8am in December for example.
It may sound really obvious to talk about light changing as the day or year goes by. Of course it does! But this is really important to remember when you are taking photographs. Once you become tuned into finding the light for your photography you will begin to notice it all the time, and when you see happy light it will really make you smile and want to grab your camera and start shooting!
Today and over the week I want you to notice how the light changes in different rooms in your homes throughout the day. As you get to know the light in your home you will really get to know which windows are going to work the best for you. Or you might have a favourite morning window and a favourite afternoon window. I also want you to notice the light when you are outside. Just begin to be a lot more aware of the light around you as this will help so much when you are looking for good light for your images, whether you are indoors or outdoors.
Of course it isn't just the time of day or time of year that is important to think about but also the weather. On a bright Summer's day you will probably find the light is too harsh near your window and you might want to hang a muslin sheet up to diffuse the light coming in through the window.
Taking photographs outside can often be as challenging as taking them indoors. If you take images when the sun is too high in the sky they can be all blown out. The colours that you see will be lost. The shadows will be too strong.
Or you try taking images on one of those sunshine with clouds days and every time you take an image you need a different setting.
But then you can have moments outside that are just wow! When the light just makes you smile and feel alive. Learning to capture those moments with your camera (and especially that trusty smartphone in your pocket) helps to preserve theses special times.
Start taking images in the best light you can find. Enjoy the difference it makes!
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