Photography for Moms: Simple Guide To Natural Lighting

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Lighting is so important to the images you create.

You can pour a ton of money into buying studio lighting. I prefer, however, to use natural light when I take photos of my little ones. There is something really beautiful about natural lighting.  And, once you understand your camera’s light meter, and features, you can master natural lighting.

To begin, all you need is your hand. Seriously.

  • Determine where you want to take your photos.
  • Try and choose a room with windows on one side.
  • Determine where you want your subjects to sit.
  • Extend your arm with your palm facing you, and stand so that your hand would be in the direction of your subjects.
  • The light that hits your hand will be the same light that falls on your subjects.
  • If it seems too shadowy, move around until your hand is evenly lit.
  • Use your findings to place your subjects so that they will be well lit!

If you are going to take photos outside…

  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Try and find a great, shaded spot.
  • Take photos early in the morning, or just before sunset, when the sun isn’t directly overhead.
  • But, an evenly shaded spot is best!

Check out the other articles in my Photography for Moms series:

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