Outdoors, I’m usually able to get the image – such as this one of my niece on the Royal Joust in LEGOLAND Florida – without resorting to flash.
Indoors, it’s a different story. Many museums allow photography – but no flash. As a result, I’m often left scrounging for an angle that makes use of whatever light is available, and hoping that Photoshop will add in the rest. Sometimes the pattern of light makes for an interesting effect as in this photo taken inside The Cloisters branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Sometimes the pattern of light just doesn’t work.
Window panes can add unnecessary interest to an image, and depending on the position of windows and home relative to the sun, the light streaming through can land in inconvenient spots.
In an attempt to capture catchlights, my son had to scooch down to perch on a corner edge of a bed in the one room that faced the sun.
Can you see the catchlights? They’re the pinprick reflections of light in my son’s eyes that are hardly noticeable when the subject is squinting in direct light.
Courtney explains that it’s more effective to sit the subject at a 45 degree angle from the window as facing sunlight can result on flat lighting and a washed out the face. (Not always a bad thing, mind you!)
Check out these catchlights (I think my niece was positioned more-or-less at a 45 degree angle, but I may have to resort to using a protractor for future shoots.)
Travel Photo Challenge:
- Let’s Talk Travel Photos – Join us on the SITs Girls forum.
- The SITS Girls’ Pin-tastic Pinterest Challenge.
- Travel Photo Challenge – collaborative board on Pinterest.
- Day 1 Forum Activity: Rule of Thirds.
- Skimboard Sprint – Day 1 Assignment: Rule of Thirds.
- Day 2 Forum Activity: Photo Composition.
- Skimboard Sprint, Take Two – Day 2 Assignment: Composition.
- Day 3 Forum Activity: Natural Light.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at www.SandraFoyt.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.