It’s week two of my new photography online course with Emily Quinton and the Makelight photography course and I have been finding the right natural light everywhere I can!
I have been working on the lighting as a priority and finding where in the house has the best natural lighting and at what time of day too. What a difference the morning light can make at the back of our house to the afternoon light, and it can really transform the look of the photo too. I took the photo of the figs in the afternoon with some diffused light upstairs with the soft almost amber sky and it was such a different photo to one I had taken just two hours earlier downstairs with more of a cool harsh light.
I have been working more on light as I have said, but also on composition and focal points, there are so many areas to consider when arranging a shot so it is important to start with the basics, and develop from there. Styling a shot is very personal and that is what makes a photo so unique. I am just finding my own style, but mindfully capturing a shot is the first step.
Changing the focal point of the photograph can really transform a photo to draw in the viewer into the point that you want to highlight. I really was unaware of this essential part of composing the shot until I started learning more about the process of telling a story through your photographs. This is something I always think about when looking through the viewfinder, what do I want to highlight? This will give me a good starting point to focus on, and moving the focal point to that area and getting a sharp, clear focus will enable me to draw your attention to that part of the photo, and enhance the overall feel of the finished photograph.
Being able to understand how to move the focal point within the viewfinder is crucial to the overall story of your photography. When I first bought my DSLR it was an exciting day when I discovered that you could move this focal point to where you need to focus on, and now I know I don’t need to recompose the shot physically, but I can do so by moving the dial (Area Mode Selector within the auto mode) to where I want to focus on within the frame. This gives you the ability to pinpoint and control exactly where you want to focus on, finding this was an inspiration to me as it changes the way that you photograph.
Three essential components to helping you achieve the photo that you are aiming to achieve ;
Lighting – Natural light is beautiful, using a reflector or a diffuser really helps to control where you want the light, and to enhance the light on your subject.
Composition – Follow the rule of thirds rule to compose your shots, but break the rules sometimes for a unique and different point of view.
Focal point – Altering your Area Mode Selector or focal point will help you to control and pinpoint a particular area within the frame.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my journey with Emily Quinton and her #makelightworkshops photography course. I will be updating every week as I travel along the course, and sharing my photo’s. I would love to know your thoughts on photography courses if you have done any, and how you got on with them, let me know below.
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