In the video training, Maggie teaches you a quick lesson in properly using natural light indoors. This is the most common problem she sees as a professional photographer and it's such an easy fix. Try it out!
Hi, I’m Maggie Kirkland. Today I want share with you one of the most common mistakes I see people make while photographing indoors and how to fix it.
Often times you’ll be in a room with just one light source, a window, and I’ll see photographers do the total opposite of what they should be doing, which is sticking their subject in the window where the light is.
Watch the following video and I’ll show you the wrong way to do it, a quick fix for it, and I’ll also share the photo results with you so you can see what I am talking about.
Here’s the sample photo shoot where I am going to look at the light in the room and think that it’s the best idea to put my subject in the light.
We know this is not the right idea.
As you can see, the light is coming in from behind and it’s not lighting up her face, which is what we actually want emphasized in the photo. You can see how dark and shadowy it is in this photo.
Now I switched spots with her and as you’re about to see in the photo, her face is much brighter, the light is coming in and hitting her face really well. Another suggestion that I offer is that you be slightly above your subject. This can offer a little more flattering angle to most people so I tend to bring a chair or something that I can stand on so that I can be above my subjects.
Make sure that you rotate around and play with the light on your subjects face and see what is going to be the most flattering for your subject.
Here, you can see a comparison of all four photos that I took.
The very first photo here is clearly the worst way to take a portrait in that room using natural light. Having her lit up from behind and not having any light hit her face directly, has left her in the shadow. It’s hard to see her eyes, her teeth and her cheeks. Everything is in the shade. The other three photos here are clearly more bright and vibrant and alive.
Now take this tip with you out into the world and apply it to how you shoot.
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