Lesson with the Lees – Looking for the Light

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Did you get a chance to practice the lesson from last time? I hope so, because backlighting is so much fun to play around with.
Often times when you have your camera it is easy to be looking for places with lots of light streaming in. However, when there is just a little bit of light peeking in can also be so beautiful.

An example is below of Sawyer playing with the door. She was opening and closing the front door and I love how the light fell on her, but the background washes away to black. It isn’t your typical “low light” image, but I love how the light is controlled by how far she opened or closed the door.

Now for our lesson!

SET UP: I loved our stairwell for this type of shot. I can really control the amount of light by opening the door to the stairs or closing it. I placed Milo partway up the stairs, just far enough up that the light hit him.

CAMERA SETTINGS: Since the light is lower I chose a higher ISO 640. The setting I chose had little distractions and I was okay with the stairs not being blurred out, so I chose an aperture of f/2.0. Finally I set my shutter speed to 250 to make sure my busy 2 year old was in focus.

YOUR TURN: Now its your turn. Look for places in your home where you can control the amount of light coming in. Whether it be by closing the blinds part way or opening/closing a door. Make sure you share what you come up with on my Facebook page!

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