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Friday, February 3, 2012

{ Beba Photo Tip -- Finding Open Shade } -- Mesa / Phoenix, AZ Photographer

Harsh Lighting = BAD
Don't Do This:

Open Shade = GOOD
Do This Instead:
This is a quick little tip that's easy to remember and one that will make a world of difference.

When you're shooting your subject, whether it be a person or object...make sure that you're shooting in good open shade and NOT direct sunlight.

These two pictures are SOOC{ Straight Out Of Camera }--no color or lighting has been changed.

Do you see the difference? One is harshly lit and the other is softly lit.

Aim to find "open shade"--an area that is well lit, but covered by an overhang or shoot on the backside of a wall when it's still bright out so that you don't get those harsh shadows and highlights.

Before you photograph your subjects, make sure you take a moment to see how the lighting is falling across their faces and their bodies and the scene around them. Are there any harsh shadows and highlights? Search around and move them into an area that has open shade and your pictures will be transformed!

A small detail that's sometimes overlooked, but that make pictures look ever-so-much better when you find that right light.

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