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How to Take Better Photos No Matter Your Lighting

photography_lightingOne of the many joys of the event photography business is you never know just where you’ll be working.One day you’ll be photographing a wedding party at an outdoor country club, the next day you’ll be capturing action shots at an indoor sporting event. And while the change in scenery may do wonders for your mental health, bouncing from location to location can make it difficult for you to get your lighting just right.

The amount of light captured in a photograph makes a big difference in the overall quality. Too little light, and the photo is dark. Too much light, and the photo is blown out. While many of today’s cameras take great pictures in most lighting situations, poorly lit photos happen to even the most experienced event photographers.

The good news is there are a few ways you can take better photos no matter your lighting. We discuss four of those ways here:

Know Your Camera

You’ve got the basics down, but it never hurts to double check. Before taking a camera out for professional shoots, be sure you can quickly adjust camera settings like shutter speed, ISO, exposure, white balance and more by practicing shooting in a variety of lighting conditions. Knowing exactly how to best work your camera in different lighting prevents paying customers from waiting while you make adjustments.

Try a Different Lens

Sometimes your camera’s built-in settings just won’t cut it. That’s when you should consider turning to professional camera accessories like lenses. A fast lens with a wide aperture, for example, can be helpful for taking photos in low light. Any time you add a new camera accessory to your photography equipment, be sure to practice with it in different lighting, just as you did with your camera.

Take a Different Position

You may not always be able to control your light source, but you can certainly control where you subjects are relative to it. Place your subjects directly in front of the light, and you won’t see any detail, just silhouettes. Ask your subjects to look directly into the light source, and they’ll likely squint. In fact, the direct light may be harsh and unflattering. Therefore, photos with the best lighting tend to have the light source to the side.

Embrace Flash...Responsibly

Let’s be honest: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a person who enjoys being blinded by a camera’s flash. But in certain settings, flash can fill out the light in a scene, making for an overall better picture. If you determine flash is your best option for optimal lighting, the best way to use it in your photos without agitating your subjects is to use a diffuser, which breaks up the hard edges and shadows for a more natural effect. If you’re taking a group shot with flash, ensure everyone is about the same distance from the flash. Otherwise, some people will appear overexposed while others will be underexposed.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to taking even better photographs, no matter your lighting. Want more helpful event photography tips like these? Subscribe to the Fujifilm Photofinishing blog today!

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