Secret to backlighting: Photography Tip Video Q & A

Now that the sun is coming out and the weather is warmer we can play around with backlighting. Today I answer two questions pertaining to backlighting. I share a trick to help you nail focus and get correct exposure. Questions: "Tonight I was trying to shoot a couple with lots of pretty backlighting and sunflare. I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus a number of times. I switched to manual focus a few times to get that effect, but it was driving me nuts. Any ideas for ...continue reading

Secret to backlighting: Photography Tip Video Q & A

Finding Light in Unexpected Places

Finding Light in Unexpected Places

If you could see my garage, you would know why it may not be the first place someone would think of when trying to find a place to set up for great photos. Well, you will get to see my garage in just a second when I bravely show you a pull back that includes tons of moving boxes that still aren’t unpacked from the last move.  But, unpacking isn’t the point here. Finding good light is the point.  And, isn’t it wonderful that sometimes good light can be found in unexpected places.  Typically ...continue reading

Dramatic Lighting: From Start to Finish

Dramatic Lighting: From Start to Finish

I got a lot of questions about a photo I took of my daughter with some dramatic lighting. There are several ways to achieve this shot but I’m going to show you the way I like to do it. From setup to editing. Here is the original photo. But today I'm going to show you how to achieve this with an updated photo of myself. First off, this is for the most part a staged and creative edit shoot for me. In one case I am able to get this with my daughter just hanging out but you must be ...continue reading

The Secret to Capture Christmas Light Bokeh Background

The Secret to Capture Christmas Light Bokeh Background

Do you see these photos of the Christmas light bokeh background and a child wonderful exposed and wonder, how did they do that??? The secret to capturing one of these images is not a fancy flash or light set up. It is...are you ready for it?? Natural light. Hopefully your tree is by a window. If not, don't worry. You can string lights on your headboard or a foam board if you have a different location you would prefer to use. Set your subject in a location where the light hits them ...continue reading

Creating Dramatic Light in a Small Space

Creating Dramatic Light in a Small Space

I shoot in natural light and low light. I adore dramatic light. The kind that makes me suck in a quick breath when I see it and causes my heart to skip a beat or the kind that makes me take a wild u-turn because I saw a beautiful patch of light and my kids are screaming, "Where are we going Mom, this isn't the way!!". Sometimes it's unexpected where I find it and that's what makes it interesting. I've spent the last year or so discovering that in addition to some yummy outdoor light, ...continue reading