Tip of the Day – Open shade

Tip of the Day – Open shade

When you’re working with natural light you should always be paying attention to the direction, intensity, quality and colour temperature of the light. This is especially important for black dogs.

But what is good light?

Open shade is one of the best options. In this image I’ve used building shade. There is clear sky overhead, making the large open sky – not the direct light of the sun – the primary light source. It’s soft and even, while bright enough to help define detail in the blacks.

For a black dog, this kind of light is the most forgiving, provided there are no colour casts introduced by nearby trees or coloured objects nearby.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 140mm, ISO 1000, 1/800 sec, ƒ/2.8⠀

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