Do you love this holiday or hate it? Did you get your special someone something pretty, tasty, or fragrant? Or do you purposely ignore this "Hallmark-Holiday"?
In honor of Valentine's Day, I have a great photography tip for you. It involves a very, VERY high quality computer drawing that I did myself, just for you. What can I say, I am a true artist.
Today, I want to talk about using window light [or patio door light in my case] to enhance your photos and create specific looks or moods. When you have light coming in a window or a door, you have basically three options on how to use that light. We'll talk about all three.
But first, here is my computer drawing of my living room, so you can get a feel for the layout and where the following photos were taken. Please, don't judge me based on my ability to draw or write with a mouse. I don't have one of those fancy tablets and well... be kind.
One option when you are using window light is to backlight your subject. This means putting your subject in front of the window, and then adjusting your exposure so that your subject is correctly exposed. This can create a very dramatic photo, with a lot of contract between the subject and the blown-out/white background. If you are shooting on auto mode or even aperture priority, this type of situation will often give you a silhouette, where your subject is black and the background behind it is properly lit. This is a situation where manual mode is best, so you can choose your exposure settings and make sure your subject isn't completely black.
Happy Shooting, and if you take a photo you are particularly proud of, I'd love to see it! You can post it on the Laura Radniecki Images Facebook page, or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!