Seeing the Light for Better Photographs

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Seeing the Light for Better PhotographsI’m going to post a few blog articles about how to make better photographs. Photographs and painting sometimes go together because lots of the ideas for one cross over into the other.

So if you are a photographer, you are going to love these next few articles on photographs.

If you’re a painter, you will still benefit from these articles as well. Because like I said, lots of the ideas will cross over and help you become a better painter.

So let’s get started with my new topic: taking better photographs.

In this post, you’ll learn to see and use the light in your home to create photographic images that capture special moments in your family’s story.

Light is one of the most important elements of any photograph, portrait or still life painting. But learning to see the light can be a challenge.

Do you have “good” light in your home?

Like many people, I used to believe that good light could only come from having lots of bright, sunny windows. When I started taking photographs, I thought there was no hope for me because I lived in a quadplex with only 5 windows in the whole house!

Today, I’m sharing the exercise that helped me see all the good light in my home. Thanks to this exercise, I started to see light differently in my own home and transformed my photos, portraits, and still life paintings practically overnight.

Here’s what you need to do:

In the morning, once the sun is up:

  1. Turn off all the lights in your home
  2. Open all the blinds & curtains.
  3. Every hour for the rest of the day, walk into each room to observe the light
  4. Take note what the light looks like at each time of day
  5. At the end of the day, notice when each room had the best light.

The light won’t be perfect in every room at every hour of the day. Understanding how to see and find the light in your home is key.

You may have always thought, for example, that your back bedroom had terrible light. This exercise will help you notice that perhaps the back room has beautiful soft light at 4pm, making it perfect for photographing.

You now have a list of times when each room is ideal for photos. Hold onto this list. You’ll need it later!

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