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Lighting

  • Use a flash for people pictures.

  • Front lighting - directly on the subject. Good light, but try to avoid people squinting into the sun.May also make the colors look less intense by giving a washed-out appearance.

  • Side lighting- light casts shadows on half of the subject

  • Back lighting- not much detail in the subject but can be very dramatic. (Like a silhouette in front of a window.)

  • Flat (diffused) lighting- shadows are fuzzy (or not at all). This is the time to take close-up pictures of faces.

  • At the beginning or end of the day the light is less harsh.

  • Cloudy days bring out colors and tones without being drowned out by the sun.

  • On a bright, sunny day you can diffuse lighting by positioning yourself so a tree, building or other objective shades your subject. You can also hold with camera with your right hand and try to shade the lens with your left hand.
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