Photo Tip: Outdoor Lighting Tip part 4

by Sonya Murphy on November 3, 2009

Use Of Shade
The shade of buildings or trees can be very useful in getting good picture in the middle of a bright sunny day. You just have to be careful in the use of the shade, though.

Have you ever been in a shade of a tree where there is some light shining through? Well it is this type of shade you have to be careful of. Why? Because, when you have a subject standing in it, you have to make sure that those shining light sources aren’t shining on parts of the subject’s face or body. The reason for this is because the eye will be drawn to those sources first when viewing the picture.

It is also hard to correct those spots in Photoshop. So try to avoid the sunny splotches and be aware of it when snapping those pictures. Try moving the subject around to where the light sources isn’t splotching up part of the subjects face. If you are doing a full body picture then try to place them to eliminate as many of those sun spots as you can. The face would be the most important place to pay extra attention to. The shade of a building is a more solid source of shade, and you won’t need to worry about sun spots shining through.

When taking a picture of more than one person in the shade, then it becomes even more critical in watching how those lighted patches of light shine through onto the group. It might make it very challenging to move a large group around trying to find a place where the light isn’t so splotchy on people’s faces.

When I’m hired to do a job I try to set things up for the most ideal situation but for random snapshots this may not be possible. In that case I snap the picture rather than doing without the picture.

Want a challenge? Then use the sun spot in the shade to highlight the subject’s hair. See what you get. So, when you are aware of lighting sources, you can make good use of them, instead of letting them ruin your picture.

So have fun experimenting!  Why not share your pictures with us in our forum and gallery.  If you have questions then post it in the forum and we’ll try to answer them for you.  Go here to the forum and find the thread that interest you.   To post a picture you’ve taken using any of the photo tips then go here. You do need to be registered to post.

Below:  Here are some samples of how you can make good use of shade.

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Below:  Notice how the sun shining thru parts of the shade affected the pictures.

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