2. Different types of light
When making pictures it’s all about the light and there are many exciting ways to play with it. The time of day plays a big role in the result, and also the angle you choose to the light source. Below I describe some common types of light and what to think about when working with them.
I try to avoid midday light as much as I possibly can . This type of light gives sharp contrasts and the result is usually a bit harsh. However, if you’re creative it’s possible to play with light and shadows to get some interesting results.
Morning and evening light
This type of light is my absolute favourite! It’s a lot softer than the midday light and gives nicer pictures. On mornings and evenings it is also possible to work with beautiful backlight (more about that below).
You might think that sun is a necessity for good shots, but that is far from true! Cloudy days are perfect if you want pictures with good details and soft colours, as you won’t get sharp shadows and really can focus on your subject.
In this photo the models are lit up from behind, but the sun doesn’t go straight into the camera. The result is an interesting light edge around the subject, separating it from the dark background.
As a beginner you usually learn to work with the sun in your back. This type of light is easier for the camera to handle, but a lot less interesting if you ask me. Photos taken in direct light often turn out flat and predictable. You also get the problem with squinting models, which is almost never good. If you instead place the sun behind your subject you get some interesting light to work with – something I use a lot. Just remember that it’s better if the light is filtered through something, like tree branches. If you let the light straight into your camera you might end up with interesting flare, but it is a bit hard to control and the result might be a flat photo without contrast.
In this photo the light goes straight into the camera, resulting in some interesting flare. However, this photo needed some editing in the computer as it came out very flat from the camera.