Welcome to this week’s dreamy collection of warm and golden photos all using natural light, taken by our Grads for our recent “sunlight” themed challenge.
Take a stroll through, be inspired, gather the tips for shooting in different kinds of light, and go shoot your own sun-kissed collection!
Aperture is responsible for rendering backlight into beautiful bokeh. The wider your aperture, the better the bokeh. Head out early in the day or later in the afternoon when the sun is low in the sky and try a shot like this. With your aperture set to around f/2.8 focus on the grass in front, and you’ll create a stunning backdrop of natural light bokeh in the background.
If you’ve only got a kit lens which only opens up to f/3.5 and even then only if you’re zoomed right out… that’s ok, it can be done!
Nothing says long warm summer days more than a striking sunset silhouette like this shot. The trick is to expose for the colour in the sky, and your subject will naturally end up in silhouette.
Related: How to Take Silhouette Photos
In a dark house look for small pockets of natural light, pop something or someone in it for striking, dramatic imagery.
Related: Shooting Indoors in Low Light
Late in the day go hunting indoors for that warm, last rays or light falling around the house. The thing about this light is it’s so pretty, it can render absolutely anything a stunning subject.
We generally can’t see the sun’s rays this defined with the naked eye. But you can capture it with your camera!
You simply need a narrow aperture of say f/14. The narrower you go, the sharper the starburst.
Related: How to Capture a Starburst
Buy an inexpensive piece of copper pipe, around 2.5 inch which is a standard fitting found in hardware stores. Hold it up to your lens, not touching the glass, and shoot through. It is a little tricky and it does take some maneuvering to get shots that don’t including your fingers really obviously… but it’s fun to play and you can get fantastic effects like this one. This works best when you have strong light either just out of frame at the side, or shooting directly into the sun.
Check out this blog post for other fun ways to manipulate light for creative effect.
Related: Rainbow Reflection Photos
You don’t have to shoot directly into the sun for backlit photos. Experiment with placing the sun just out of the frame for a hint of sunlight and a warm, golden wash.
Experiment with letting some haze into your image, which happens when we’re shooting into the sun. Take off your lens hood to capture it, and to control the amount of haze, use your hand to cup the side of your lens.
When the sun is low in the sky, and you position your subject between your camera and the light, you can create a beautiful halo of light around the edges of your subject and this is especially pretty which it hits the edges of their hair.
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