Continued from: 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Working with Light
Not Shooting at Midday
Ask any seasoned photographer or read any photography book… they both say that, to capture great photos, it is best to avoid the harsh midday light.
It is true that you can get some fantastic photos during the golden hours, but midday light is can also be spectacular. You can use midday light in a variety of different way to capture stunning photos. Here are few examples of photos captured at midday.
Shooting at midday not only allows you to maximize your photography time on location, but it also allows you to diversify your portfolio.
Not Knowing How Light Interacts with the Subject
Working with light requires you to know how light interacts with your subject. When I was trying photograph this sea urchin, I noticed that the reflected light from the bright white areas in the background was causing the “rainbow effect” around the spines of the sea urchin. This made the photo look out of focus. When I chose a different sea urchin that was surrounded by darker background, I was able to capture my subject with striking details and without any distracting “rainbow distortions”.
Here is another example from Iceland captured during the filming of our Illuminated Course. At first glance, this photos seemed like an evenly-lit scene that would be easy to capture with a single exposure. However, working with light required me to use a 3-stop GND filter to balance the light between the sky and the foreground.
Not Knowing How to Process Photos
One of the most important aspects of working with light comes into play during post-processing. When shooting a studio portrait, you want to make sure that light sources are controlled and no unwanted color casts are present in the image. However, this is not the case for landscape photography. In the following image, Varina left the blue color cast in her image to give the cool feeling to the ice.
Similarly, here are few images from Badwater Salt flats in Death Valley National Park where Jay choose to leave the color cast that was present in the field.
This is exactly the type of information in our Illuminated Course and Working with Light course. Our Illuminated Course gives you a first-hand look at how to capture great travel and landscape photos in any type of light. Working with Light uses the cases studies from our Illuminated Course and shows you how the choose the post processing based workflow depending on the type of light.