Easy lighting trick to take a better picture
So my five year old came down this morning wearing her puppy pajamas and a tiara. As she sat at the table eating her pear, I knew I needed a picture of this! Unfortunately, I am painfully aware that at five (and very quickly going on six) we only have so many mornings left where she will decide wearing a tiara at the breakfast table is the thing to do. I hate taking pictures in my kitchen because the light is terrible. So I grabbed my girl and headed to my bedroom to grab some great window light and use my freshly made bed as a pretty backdrop. (I am bragging a little about making my bed. It does not always happen!)
I opened the shades completely. I got an angle that was free of background distraction and took the picture. After snapping a few and getting a nice facial expression, I wanted to take one to demonstrate what would be a bad angle. I had my daughter turn her back to the window. Everything else is the same. Same time of day, angle, editing...same everything. I think the better photo is clearly evident. The top photo has a much more polished look and it is all due to lighting. Please take a second to read the descriptions next to the photos. I point out some specific differences. When you first start trying to take better photos it can be hard to articulate what you do not like about a picture you just know it does not work. Hopefully these detailed comments will help you start "seeing" the difference. Here's to many more tiara at breakfast moments!
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