For some people the idea of shooting in broad daylight is daunting. Portraits especially can be scary. I was one of those people until around…yesterday. 😀
Angles are Everything
When the sun is hot and the light is harsh, a good angle could save the day. I was outside the other day and looking for inspiration. I haven’t done much shooting in broad daylight for the simple reason that it was hot and not overly ideal for portraits. But nature shots actually work fabulously outside even in the heat of the day. It turns out an angle can save a sunlight portrait too.
But to continue my tale of revelation I kept walking around and looked for an ideal spot. In our yard we have a side yard which is overgrown. Looks like a veritable jungle. But…I notice something I hadn’t noticed before. In the jungle there are TONS of queen anne’s lace. It is really the best field thingy ever for photography (expect some portraits there sometime).
Well…on angles. After messing around extensively and trying to position myself in a way favorable to sun- I had an idea. Why not try to catch the clear blue sky with the queen anne’s lace?
One thing I love about these images is that they fit my tagline to a T (‘Neutrals with a Pop of Color’). Oh, random question? Have you seen my website look for here yet?
Underexposure and Your Light Meter
Another thing that I think is actually neat–is how your light meter is tempted to underexpose your images. This light is so bright, that the meter thinks it needs to help out and compensate for the brightness. So it underexposes. This can be anything from underexposing your subject to underexposing the background. But you can actually twist this annoyance in your favor.
This picture is interesting because I have the sun at the top left of the frame and a tree which was lit the same at the lower. The meter underexposed by the subject and overexposed at the top. But I like this photo. Once again, I think it created a neat effect and I’m glad as usual that I used my manual mode (that’s what I use 90% of the time unless I use AV or TV).
Random Pictures from the Shoot
Extension Tube Review
An extension tube pretty much just extends your lens so that you can take closer up pictures. A friend is letting me borrow one and I LOVE IT. I was looking them up and they’re not bad on the price side. Much better than getting an $1000 macro lens (yes, I know the macro lens is better–but my pocket book won’t budge.). So much easier on the wallet.
I think it’s a good idea to purchase one, especially if you can’t get very close up to things. They’re a little bit trickier to navigate than an actual lens but I think it’s worth it on the whole.
Here’s what they look like…
Bonus picture: screenshot of chromatic aberrations fix…