Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coffee And Cameras: Finding The Light

{Previous posts:  EditingSelfiesComposition, Inspiration}

Photography is ALL about the light. Light is everywhere! Harness it and use it to make your images stand out clear as day!

*Light in your space*
I shoot a lot of images in my apartment and I am lucky enough to have a HUGE window that lets in tons of light. Find the room in your house that lets in the most natural light and set up there.
I have a few favorite plain backgrounds that I like to use for product shots and different set ups. I find moving them to where the light is makes for the best shot possible.
Background Ideas:
  • Poster boards - in all patterns and colors
  • Tile floors
  • Carpet
  • Bedding
  • Furniture {desks, couches, tables, chairs, counter tops}

TIPS: Using a white poster board as a reflector can bounce even more light into where you are shooting.

*Shooting outside*
The BEST time to shoot outdoors is "Magic Hour," the two hours before sunset. Light is low in the sky and super warm and flattering.
Magic Hour also gives you lots of shady spots to shoot. If you have to shoot during mid day, shade is your best friend. It helps keep things from getting TOO bright and can help your subjects to stay cool and not squint into the sun.
TIP: Whenever I'm shooting outside, I always look for a shady place with a nice clean background. Let your subject be the star of the shot.

*Out and About*
I am ALWAYS the one Instagraming my food! I cannot help but try to create a beautiful image of something so yummy! Look around for interesting surfaces and of course light!
Did you find this post helpful?  Is there a certain topic you would like me to tackle in the future?!  Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to share if this post helped you!  



B. said...

I am HORRIBLE with lighting! It's probably the #1 thing I need to work out, so thanks for this post!

Megan Gotch said...

Of course B anytime & good luck! xx

Hannah said...

Is.... is that apple pie and ketchup?

Megan Gotch said...

Hannah HA! It is a raspberry sauce! xx

Hannah said...

omg I feel so dumb right now lol that makes much more sense

Megan Gotch said...

LOL Hannah don't, it could be a thing?! xx

Joie_Fatale said...

I love food photos! I think their great, and, are free advertising for a place you love (helping them stay open!).
I need to get some white poster board though so I can get some better lighting!

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