Digital Photography and the Importance of Lighting

There was a day when you had to hire a professional photographer to obtain quality photos of your event. Weddings were one of the biggest and best sources of income for professionals for many, many decades--until digital cameras came along. Now, everyone carries one with them everywhere they go. Photography is now a way of life for anyone who owns and uses a common, ordinary cell phone.

No matter whether you use a digital camera or one that uses old fashion film, having the right lighting is paramount to creating a photograph of distinction--one that you can be proud of instead of hiding or deleting altogether. In this short article, we're going to talk about lighting and how you can use it to your best advantage when taking digital photographs.

First, the best time to take outdoor shots is on an overcast day when the sun is hidden behind a layer of clouds. Number one, the lighting is controllable in that it will be even throughout the photo. In addition, you will not have shadows to contend with, which can truly ruin a shot. This is especially true when taking photos of people. There's nothing like a dark face to make one wonder who they might be.

Also, after sunrise or before sunset, orange colors appear in the sky during these times, which can add considerably to the color quality of your photographs. This is because most digital cameras are capable of capturing a wide variety of color. These colors can also add a degree of brightness to your photos.

When the Sun Decides NOT to Cooperate

It goes without saying, taking photos at these precise moments of the day may not be practical. There will be times when you are forced to take photos with the sun beaming down on your head.

One of the most important rules of thumb in this regard is to keep the sun at your back. If you're taking photos of people, be sure they are not standing in a shadowed area. Also, be sure to position the sun so their faces are in fact bright and clearly visible. Using the sun to your best advantage can actually enhance your photographs, but you have to try different angles to assure the best possible shots.

One advantage of a digital camera is that you can somewhat see how your shots will look before taking a picture. In addition, you can take as many shots as you want without adding to your developing costs :-). However, keep in mind that what you see in the view finder may not exactly be what you get when you take the shot. This is due to color variations and how a display renders the photo so far as color, brightness and contrast. The nice thing about digital is you can adjust these things after you download them into your computer.

Perhaps the best teacher of all is practice and experience. Here's an additional article entitled Basic Digital Photography 101: click here. Also, read this one on the WikiHow website: click here.

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