Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 6: Light {10 Days of Disney Vacation Photography Tips}

Day 6 of 10 Days of Disney Vacation Photography Tips is all about light. I love using light in my photos to add an extra flare (pun intended). My favorite time of day to take photos is sunset. There is nothing better than golden light!! Like the photo above. That beautiful Florida sun was starting to set. Shooting with the sun in the background of the photo brings out those beautiful sunset orange colors. Be careful to expose your image so your subject is not a silhouette if that is not what you are going for. Though that is another great way to use light! When using a camera phone or a point and shoot camera try adjusting where your image is focusing to expose for different areas of your photo. There should be a little box or an x that you can move around. Every camera is different so dig into your settings and see if your focus point is adjustable!
You can play around with different exposure levels, especially at sunset. The first photo the image is exposed for the subject making the background very bright. The second photo the image is exposed for the sky creating a silhouette. You can also go somewhere in between like these images!
Using the sun to add flare to the photo can be done in the middle of the day too. Shooting into the sun will create a flare on the image just adding a little more interest. Now, not every photo needs it and some people don't like sun flares. I just happen to love them. 
One last thing about light. Whenever possible, when you are taking photos of your fellow travelers put them in the shade. It sounds counter intuitive to avoid the sun but if they are in direct sunlight you will get a lot of harsh shadows. The even light from shade is what you want! You can also put the sun at their back if it is early in the day or late in the day and sneak a sun flare in there ;) 
This photo was taken very early in the morning (hence the faces) so there was beautiful even light. 

Tomorrow we are going to talk about the complete opposite subject - night photography! If you missed the earlier posts from this series follow the links below:

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