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In this course, photographer and educator Erin Manning shows beginning photographers how to appreciate and work with natural light. First Erin takes a look at the qualities of light, from softness to direction to color, and details the camera settings that help you get the most out of the scene's available light. Then Erin works together with a student to shoot a natural-light portrait, employing inexpensive accessories such as reflectors along the way.
Open shade can be found almost anywhere on a sunny day. The shaded area beneath a tree, under the porch of a house, in a doorway, under an umbrella, or the shade of a building. Any shady location where the sunlight is not directly falling on your subject. This is one of my favorite light sources for shooting pictures of people. It produces beautiful soft light, often mimicking studio lighting, and it's one of the easiest light sources to shoot with. I'm going to move up just a bit. This looks nice. So now the sun is no longer beating down upon you.
The light looks pretty good. How is it with your eyes. You can keep your eyes open. >> Great. It's totally shaded. >> Great. See what these look like. Nice. I'm liking these. (NOISE) As Josh and I search for good light in the afternoon sun, we found shade beneath a building overhang that provided the right amount of light to evenly illuminate his face. As long as you place your subject relatively close to the edge of the shade, looking towards the light you'll be able to see a catch light in your subject's eye and their face will be evenly lit.
You as a photographer can be standing in full sun to get the shot if necessary. As long as the subject is not in direct sunlight. This means that you can photograph at almost any time of day and not have to worry about the timing of the early morning or late afternoon light.
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