Sometimes you find yourself in impossible situations where the lighting just absolutely sucks. Does that mean you're doomed? No images? Absolutely not. Get creative and push yourself to find new and innovative ways to create stunning images. I believe just about any situation can be used to your advantage and you can achieve some kick-butt images in the worst lighting.
First of all, you need to know that bad light photography
is not necessarily just night photography, as many people assume. There could be different amounts of light coming from various sources. Bad light
can refer to too much light
as the direct sunlight at noon. This is what we'll discuss today. In the next journal we'll talk about the other part of bad light: low-light
. TIPS to use on noon light:DON'T shoot at noon on a sunny day!
Do everything possible to avoid this time of the day because the sun is at its strongest. The light that reflects from the sun is very harsh at this time of day and will just make your photographs look terrible. They will cast unnecessary shadows an it will distort your photograph.
Nevertheless, if you really have to shoot at noon (weddings, big, important events) then:1) Move closer to the subject
When taking photographs during this time of day, a better picture is taken if you are a little closer to the subject. By moving physically closer to the subject, you will help eliminate the big shadows and the highlights that are reflected from the sun's rays
. When you move in closer to the subject, you actually simplify your composition and therefore maintain better detail
for your photograph. 2) Take Advantage of the clouds
Look up! That's right, you need to be aware of the clouds. Take a look at how the clouds are moving. If they are moving towards the sun and if it looks like they will cover the sun, even partially sometime during the day, then you will want to wait for an hour or until the cloud starts to move over the sun. This will help to soften your photos when you take them. Waiting for the passing cloud will help to revive the colors in your photograph. In addition, your photograph will turn out much sharper.3) Use the Flash
Most people think that you should put the flash away when it is sunny. On the contrary, by using the flash at high noon, you will create additional detail in your photograph, particularly of the people you are photographing that day. The flash bounces off the other light and helps to promote this detail.
when you happen to be in shadow areas behind buildings, under large trees or bridges OR during a cloudy day.
4) Make HDRs!
Use a tripod and take a series of photos of the same scene, though, each with a different exposure. Thus, you can combine the images on your PC into a single photo that includes the full dynamic range. This technique is called High Dynamic Range photography, or HDR for short.
You'll also need a special software on your PC that can stitch together a HDR image, such as Photomatix Pro.
Am participat la Reuniunea Nationala a Cenaclurilor Literare din Romania de la Nucsoara, Arges, intre 11-13 nov. Am fost placut surprinsa ca printre participantii din toata tara sa intalnesc si devianti, asa ca, a fost si un mic devmeet
si cu mine.
Am avut discutii fotografice interesante si am fotografiat impreuna imprejurimile vizitate. It was a blast
Si unde mai pui ca mi-am facut si prieteni noi? Niste oameni minunati