Light plays a critical role in photography. How you use that light will largely determine whether a photo finds success. Too little light and objects in your photos could look too dark or nondescript; too much light and your images could look washed out
Natural light, i.e. light from the sun, is usually preferred to artificial lighting. With natural lighting comes three factors that determine subject rendering: time of day, camera direction, and weather.
To get softer lighting conditions, you should take your photos early or late in the day. In doing so, you’ll find the light is warmer and produces images with less contrast than those taken when the sun is high in the sky.
When taking landscapes or portraits, sunrise and sunset are ideal times. Called the “golden hour,” this is the time of day when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, adjusting both intensity and color. It’s a perfect time to capture different images of the same objects within a short period.
The camera direction you select goes a long way in determining how natural light influences your photos. You always need to know where the light is coming from, especially with portraits, since this determines the amount of shadow on your subject.
When light is overhead, you must watch for excessive eye shadows. Direct sunlight is never good, since it may cause your subject to squint or feel uncomfortable. Side light is also a concern since it could cut in half the look of your subject.
To determine the best place to take a photograph, walk around your subject, noticing the light from all angles. Then have them face you and walk around again. This time, see the changes in light as they face different directions. Look for shadows and how the light catches their eyes. Once you find the best direction for your subject to take, it's time to snap the photo.
Different weather conditions can dramatically change the look of a photograph. Cloudy days are best for generating the soft light usually preferred in photography. By contrast, sunny days often result in shadows that are more defined. Storms and fog, meanwhile, do an excellent job of changing the intensity, contrast, and color of light. Air pollution is also a consideration. Similar to mist and clouds, air pollution acts as a diffuser of sunlight, for better or worse. Taking into account the different types of weather is an excellent way to increase picture quality and add some variety to your work. Just be careful to avoid dangerous situations.
By definition, white balance is the process of removing unrealistic color casts. Our eyes do this with much success automatically. Unfortunately, digital cameras often find difficulty dealing with white balance. As a result, you might find unsightly blue, orange, or green color casts in your photographs.
Dealing successfully with natural light isn’t easy, even for professional photographers. Thankfully, Photolemur has been designed to take the guesswork out of creating the perfect photograph. With the service’s Daylight Correction feature, it doesn’t matter when you’ve taken a shot, whether it be morning, evening, dawn, or dusk. Photolemur automatically takes into account the time of day in your photos and adjusts the tones, exposure, and contrast. In doing so, it brings out the natural colors and light of your real life moments. Daylight Correction is just one of the features you'll find on the digital photo fixer software. Download and try it for Free!
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