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Momtography 101: Basics of Lighting Part 2
Momtography 101: Basics of Lighting Part 2

 In my last blog post, I spoke to you about the basics of front lighting, which is when your light source is behind you and lighting your subject from the front.  I shared with you some of the benefits of front lighting (safe exposures, overall even light, etc) and some of its drawbacks (boring, boring boring).Today I want to share with you my love for backlighting.  Oh dreamy backlighting, how I love you so.  Oh, sorry.  Lost my train of thought there. So backlighting is simply when your subject is lit from the back, which means that your light source is in front of you, perhaps blinding you.  Yes, I still say backlighting is amazing, even though my eyes hurt for a good while after shooting this way, because for its few drawbacks, the results can be absolutely gorgeous. So what drawbacks?  Well, first there’s that small factor of looking into the direction of the sun for awhile, which is really not all that fun.  As well, moving your camera just a smidge to the right or the left can completely change your image, so you have to be careful, be still, and be aware of what you want and how to get it.  It’s not easy.But the benefits could far outweigh the drawbacks if you shoot correctly.  For starters, your subjects are not looking into harsh light, so there’s no worry about squinty eyes or less than ...

Quick Momtographer Tip
Momtography 101: Basics of Lighting Part 2

 Hello and happy Monday!  I've got another momtography tip for you today, and it's a great one for summer!I'm not sure about the rest of you, but the sun is looming large and wonderfully here in our beautiful Rocky Mountain State, and so today's tip is about embracing that sun and playing with it a little bit.Today I'm going to talk with you about backlighting.  Simply put, backlighting is when your light source (the sun in this case) is actually behind your subject and you are shooting into that light.  It can be tricky, but it's fun to play around with, and you can capture some soft and stunning images this way. A few simple tips to help you on your way to backlighting.1. USE A REFLECTORI know that not all of you own fancy photographer's reflectors, and that's ok.  I've used white poster board, or even just my white shirt.  If I know I'm going to try backlighting and won't have an actual reflector (or someone else to hold one), I make sure to wear white.  Even that will help to reflect some of the light behind your subject onto her face. 2. EXPOSE FOR YOUR SUBJECTWhen you are trying to backlight, your camera will want to expose for the scene behind your subject, especially if you are shooting with your phone or on automatic.  What will happen then, is that you'll have a lovely sky and a dark, underexposed subject.  Not ...

Photography Fun: Tip of the Day
Momtography 101: Basics of Lighting Part 2

It's so easy to fall into the trap of comfort.  Find something you've got a handle on, and stay with it.  It's easy, it's comfortable, and it produces results. But isn't that part of the problem?  It produces the same results.  Over and over.  Do that enough and you've entered into "dull and predictable".  And who wants that in photography?I was guilty of this for years when it came to my photography.  Then I discovered backlighting.  It was scary.  The idea of putting the light in front of me and behind my subject completely took me out of my comfort zone.  It blinded me- literally, many times.  it confused me (how can I light my subject's face when her back is to the sun?  Won't she be a silhouette?  How do I use a reflector?).  But then, with a little research and a lot of practice, it fascinated me.  And it brought me a whole new style of portraiture.With a simple reflector and some quick feet (you can't move the sun, so you've got to move your feet to get the sun where you want it in your shot), I have discovered the joy of backlighting.  But even better, I have found the fun in stepping out of my comfort zone.  So much so that I've recently registered for a course on how to use Off Camera Flash!  Who knows where my willingness to try new things will take me?The same goes for my ...