Phones, computers and tablets all contain their own light source from behind which transfuses your photo with light. However when printed, your photo will rely on an external light source in order for the image to be viewed. This means that paying a little extra attention to light and shadow becomes important if you wish to print your holiday snaps. Capturing happy moments with your camera or phone has become a major part of every holiday, weekend away or evening out.
Light in photography is the most important but difficult element of your casual photos. Mostly this has been brought about by the advent of camera phones and pads with cameras. Gone is the need to purchase a camera, keep it safely away in a case, check that the batteries are charged, make sure you have space on the memory card etc. etc. The new age of cameras built into mobile devices mean that wonderful pictures can be taken with the phone or pad which you probably have out anyway. They can be stored on your mobile device, uploaded to the cloud or sent direct to Instagram and Facebook. Photography made easy. However, there are still a few easy ways to ensure that your photos are at their best, regardless of whether you plan to print photos or just keep images as treasured digital memories.
Sometimes as a photographer you become so fixated on the character of a face, you neglect to notice that the subject is not standing in the light. This image shows a bright sunny day against a white backdrop. Parts of the man are well lit but unfortunately his face is completely shadowed. Its normally not too much of an imposition to ask your subject to step over into the light so that the character details of his face can be seen.
A young girl, kindly posing for the camera. However, the photographer has failed to notice that in the twilight, all the light is coming from the side of the setting sun. Therefore when the photo is taken, the details of the young girl's face are hardly visible. Simply asking the subject to turn towards the sun would solve the problem. A portrait photographer is always best standing with back to the sun.
A squirrel posing in the shadows - well there's not a lot to be done about this capture. One of the inherent challenges of wildlife photography - asking a squirrel to move into the light will not succeed ! However, at Poster Print Co, we will always endeavour to bring out the best in your photography, even if that means adjusting an area of the image to make it lighter. Some magical moments just need to be captured and printed.
Unfortunately, all of the boys in this shot are standing in the shade of the tree which makes it difficult to see their faces. With group travel shots such as tropical weddings the same problem can occur. It seems a lovely idea to have all the guests standing in the shade of a tree for the photo. However, it is best to take pictures with everyone standing out of the shade and the sun coming from behind the photographer, thus avoiding shadows.
Two children playing in the setting sun. Your eye sees faces however, the camera sees only the sunlight behind. The automated settings on the camera will adjust to the brightest area in the centre of the frame, leaving the children in darkness. Sometimes a silhouette feature is desired, at other times you wish to see faces. Often simply taking the photo from an alternative angle, or ensuring that you focus on the subjects can solve the problem.
Another example of backlighting. As the photographer takes the picture, all they see is their companion leaning over the rails, face perfectly visible. However, the camera automatically adjust to the majority of the captured area, the sky and sea. This leaves the subject entirely black. The same solution applies, take the photo from an alternative angle or ensure you focus the camera on the subject so the camera adjusts the photo lightness accordingly.
Backlighting in photography can be used intentionally to create a mystical effect with few visible details and softly faded colours. This could be considered a beautifully artistic shot if a gently misty image is desired, however this type of picture takes careful preparation to achieve the preferred result.
A lovely evening shot in a field, however backlighting has caused the camera to leave the subject in silhouette. Sometimes using backlighting in photography with a quirky pose in the sunset yields an amazing result, however this particular picture just leaves the viewer wondering who the subject is.
A seemingly perfect, happy holiday pose. However, the face of the child is completely obscured by the shadow cast from the cap. Photos are best taken without caps if the sun is not coming from the correct direction to light the face beneath the cap. It's no fun having a photo of your children if you cannot see their face, despite how cute they may appear. Another option is to tilt the cap back slightly so that less shadow is cast.
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