One of the first things you will encounter when starting to take pictures for your blog, or for personal use, is LIGHT. It can be troubling to work with, because you can have too much, too little, not from the right angle and all sorts of other things. Also, different types of lighting can affect the color tone or color temperature of your picture, which is what we call “white balance”. Therefore, I decided for the first post of this series to talk about the mentioned issues and how you can manage to take good pictures in spite of all these obstacles.
Where should light be coming from: It is pretty obvious that if you place something in front of your window and light comes nicely on your object, you will get a nicely lit picture. However, if you take your object and place it with light coming from behind it, you will get a dark silhouette of the object. Of course, that is an effect you can use if you’re going for beautiful silhouettes on a field (or whatever scenario), but if you are taking product pictures, you might want to avoid that.
How to adjust brightness (exposure): The sunlight is hard to adjust, which is why the brilliant people who made cameras thought about exposure compensation. Do not get frustrated anymore with how dark your pictures turn, even when you’re placing them in front of a window. Click that magic button and make it darker (by going on negative numbers) or brighter (by going on positive numbers), as you please.
White balance: So you placed your object appropriately, adjusted the exposure and still have a weird looking picture of a too blue or a too orange tone. Well here is where white balance comes in! Unless you feel like the color temperature of your picture is off, I would suggest leaving the white balance on Auto. However, there are some times when you absolutely need to change it, so here are a few examples of how you can change the color temperature of your pictures with white balance:
Now that your pictures are well lit, we will move on to seeing how to focus on a certain object, how to make a blurry background and what (on earth) ISO represents. Come back tomorrow for that and more!
Got a question about lighting or about the series? Be sure to leave it in the comments below!
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