Updated: Sep 3
In almost every home I've been in the furniture faces away from the natural light source we need to take beautiful images. Well if you don't have light you can't actually take any images so beautiful or not you really need light. I'm going to tell you how to find pretty light that if used will result in amazing images that don't require major editing.
Below you'll find an example of my seven year old who is so over acting as his Mother's photography muse during Covid 19.
So if your photo looks grainy or your subjects face looks dark it's because you, the photographer, is standing where your subject should be standing.
And, if you're like - Wait, Emily my house is messy so I find a bare wall or fill my frame with the back of the chair so that you can't see my messy house. Well sister friend - I can't rewrite the basic rules of photography and make it easier for you - just move all of your junk out of the frame.
HOWEVER - you guys look at what happens when you, the photographer, puts your back to the window. Thats it. So, if you're like dang it I really need to photograph my gorgeous new-born baby. Fear not now you can.
If you're photo is too bright move your subject back a bit further. If you need more light bring your subject closer to the light. It's really amazingly easy - when you perfect this you can start getting fancy.
* If you're still unclear send me a note and I'll happily give you a complimentary 10 minute FaceTime chat to direct you.
** If you find yourself using this tip please send me your results so I can cheer you on.
by Emily Doukogiannis
Emily Doukogiannis is a Toronto-based portrait photographer, expert storyteller and compulsive photo book maker. Her commitment to telling people's stories is something Emily does in her spare time via Emily D 4 Change and countless media outlets.
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