Tip of the Day – Towards the light
Image 2 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions
Urban areas are heaps of fun for creative compositions. Since urban elements like walls and buildings are fixed though, they don’t always co-operate by being in the right orientation for the direction of light. Which is super important to keep in mind when you are shooting in bright, sunny conditions with very harsh lighting.
Since this sculpture was about 45 degrees to the direction of light, I couldn’t just place Ella inside and have her looking directly out, that would have meant she was lit from the side. Instead, I shot the sculpture from an angle. I also make sure that Ella herself was facing into the light. It would have been very easy to end up with a half bright + half dark face here.
Always keep in mind where your light source is and the direction of light, especially in hard light like full sun. Try to avoid patchy light and side light as it’s never usually flattering or very professional looking, unless done deliberately for artistic effect.
Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 42mm, ISO 100, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8
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