Understand how to find good light & bad light

1 - choose the right day

This assignment is best done with there is sunshine.

However you will see some difference on any day, but it will be more marked and obvious on a brighter or sunnier day.


2 - get a photo in FULL SUN

That means no shade, out in open area. Quickly take a few photos to make sure you get one in focus, without blinking!

3 - get a photo in the SHADE

Again take a few photos, and if possible move your child to a few different areas of the shade - if they are cooperative!

4 - post your results in the Facebook Group

Comment on which photos you prefer, whether you noticed anything or encountered any problems.

Ellie's first example

(1) FULL SUN - I positioned Kit firstly in full sun. His eye sockets are very dark. Shadows are very sharp with lines across his face. I hate this light!

(2) DAPPLED SHADE - Notice the distracting bright patches in the photo.

(3) SHADE FACING INWARDS - Kit is facing into the shade, you can see it's bright behind his head, but not very bright in his eyes (small catchlights). Actually I can now see this is also slightly dappled, you can see some bright bits on the left side of his forehead.

(4) SHADE FACING OUTWARDS - The best results come from putting him in shade, facing outwards towards the open areas. In this last one, the skintones and eyes look brighter and freshers. There are big catchlights and gentle shade.


Ellie's SECOND example

This is an older photo but good example, bless him he's so young here!

(1) SHADE FACING INWARDS - You can see how muddy the skintones are. Also the bright patches of grass behind him are so much brighter that they are near to blowing the highlights.

(2) SHADE FACING OUTWARDS - Just turning him around to face outwards, and moving myself, you can see much truer to life skintones and more pleasing lighting. Even if the face is not the most handsome!