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PHOTO TIP: Using Clean Light

jenosullivan_19It is no wonder most professional photographers love using daylight. It is the “cleanest” light around. Natural daylight is also infiltrating. What does that mean? Because the light source is so large (the sun) it bounces off of everything. If sunlight is clean, what is dirty? Anything man made other than professional strobes. Even on camera flash can be a bit dirty if not used correctly because it is too small. When something is shot in doors, everything usually looks like it was shot with a pale yellow piece of film over it. It lacks contrast and detail. When sunlight is introduced your colors will be clearer, contrast will be crisper and your images will pop. But beware: not all sunlight is created equal. Just as the Eskimos have 100 different words for snow, so does the photographer for light. The best light is in what is called “open shade.” Look for a place that is fully covered from the sun, but looks open and airy. The way to learn how to light is to attach a feeling to it. Once you are able to start doing this, you will begin to understand light and will most certainly become a better photographer!

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

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Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com

QUICK TIP: Diffusing Flash Photography

The quickest, easiest way to diffuse your flash light, other than to get tricky with bouncing it off walls (which is preferable in many situations) is to put a swanky little omni bounce cap on and set your flash to 45 degrees. The very last part of that sentence is what is important: “set your flash to 45 degrees.” Many people do not understand that the way to properly use their cap is precisely that way. I see many pro shooters with the cap on their flash and the flash cocked straight at the people at a 90 degree angle. Light travels straight through and will still render the same look as with it off. By placing it at a 45 degree angle, the flash will light up the cap and glow in several directions creating a slightly softer light.

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

To view more helpful photo tips go to JensTips.com and learn something new today!
Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com