First, I'll show you my "photo studio". Most of my photos are taken in a setting like this: a sheet of white A3 paper with a piece of white cardboard as the background. If I don't need a background, I just use the cardboard. Usually I sit by the west facing French doors in our living room. The doors are literally a foot away from the set-up in the photo above.
See, those are the doors (below). It's not a great spot, but it's the largest source of natural light in our flat. And as long as the sun isn't shining directly at my "photo studio", I can get a passable result.
So, don't think that you need fancy equipment to get a decent result. What you do need is to get to know your camera and how it behaves in different light conditions. And once you know the best place in your home and the best time of day (weather permitting), you will be able to get reliable results.
These photos were taken at the end of March, before the start of British Summer Time. Oh and, I haven't altered the photos in this post at all. Straight out of the camera, baby!
Taking photos in slightly cloudy conditions is great. Completely overcast, raining cats and dogs isn't good at all of course, and neither is direct sunlight.
It's always best to use a photo that needs the least amount of work. The more you need to make it look good afterwards, the more you risk making it look pixelated and unnatural.
But unlike cool or warm natural light, almost nomatter what you try to make the photos, the result will always give off a "this photo was taken in artificial light". Of course, that doesn't apply to fancy-pants professional lighting, but that's not what we're talking about here. ;-)
Don't use flash if you're taking photos of people, because their facial features will look kinda weird because of the lack of natural shadows. Not to mention red eyes and the "oh my god why did you flash your flash at me now I'm blinded for the rest of the day" look on their faces! ;-)
Ok, you can use flash at your boyfriend's drunken birthday party if there's no proper lighting available! ;-)
Right, that concludes this very unscientific look at different light conditions... Hope you like it! :-)
And if you have any other advice and/or suggestions - that's what the comments are for. Ta!
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