I love capturing everyday moments to tell the story of my kid's lives. I want them to see more then just holidays and once a year photos of themselves. I want them to see they weren't perfect, overcame struggles, were silly, messy, that the lived and that I thought it was important enough to capture. I challenge you to do the same for your kids, and I'm making it even easier with a simple photo trick to instantly improve your photos! Recently, Sawyer started eating a ton. She's very independent and doesn't let anyone help her eat, which is great, but VERY messy! Since I'm not busy spoon feeding her, I figured, let's take a few pictures! In photography lighting is so important. Most moms understand that light is important, but this usually leads to them turning on more lights in the house. Here's my simple photo trick to instantly improve your photos:
Turn off the lights in your house and use just the window light! To demonstrate this, I have two photos. In this first image, the lights in the dining room are on. This image is straight out of camera (I have done nothing to it). As you can see, the lighting looks dark and orangey/yellow. You can see a little bit of shadow on her face, but overall the image is pretty flat. Of course, she's still cute as a button. But I thought, "hey, how can I make this image even better?"
The answer was simple. I turned off the lights! That's all I did. And look how much better the image below is! Can you see how the light on her face looks BRIGHTER? Isn't that crazy, I turned off the light and I can see more light. No longer do I have competing light sources. I've also removed the shadows caused by harsh overhead lighting. Now we have a nice shadow on her face giving the photo dimension, and her eyes can catch the light from the window. What do you think?
For both images I manually set my camera to ISO 1000, an aperture of f/1.6, and a shutter speed of 1/100. Unsure of how to manually use your camera to capture what YOU want to capture? Sign up for my February 8th, 2014 Growing CONFIDENCE workshop. And now through 12/24/13 save 20% off with promo code "earlybird!"
Now it's your turn. Play around with turning off the lights and see how this simple photo trick instantly improves your photos! Leave a comment telling me how it went, or share your photos with me on my Facebook Page!
P.S. Did you miss yesterday's Capture Your Magical Holiday Lights Photo Event announcement? Join me for a fun, free, mini photo lesson for capturing your kids with Christmas lights. All ages are welcome, bring your camera! For more information, see yesterday's post.