Finding Light in Unexpected Places

You would be amazed at the light you have around your house that you don’t even think about.

Can you guess what light I used to take this image?

My freezer. Yup, my freezer!

Here are a few simple steps to help you achieve an image like this.

1. Turn off you all the lights in your kitchen.
You don’t want any competing light sources affecting your image. If there are lights from the hallway or another room leaking into your kitchen turn those off as well.

2. Meter off some food in your freezer.
It is hard to guess you settings so it is best to meter off of something in the freezer as if that was your main subject.

3. Set up your interval timer, self timer, or remote.

4. Put your camera in the freezer.
Yes, that is right. Clear off an area for your camera to rest safely.

5. Step back and strike a pose.

Your image may not come straight out of the camera as you would like. For the above image, I increased my “blacks” in editing to darken the background. I also used my adjustment brush in Lightroom to darken a few spots in the background that were hit by the light of the freezer.

Here is another freezer/fridge lighting shot. Use your imagination :)

Take some time today to look around your house. You will be amazed at all the different light sources you have to help you achieve some interesting shots as the winter arrives.

  • November 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I was googling for 30 days photography challenge with children and I found your blog. totally love reading it….

    • Courtney
      November 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Thanks!! Did you find my 30 day challenge?? Let me know if you need the link :)

  • Amy
    November 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    What fun! I’ll definitely be trying this out today!

  • November 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    What a fun shoot! I love these ideas. Now I guess I have to clean out a spot in my fridge. :/

  • Priscilla
    November 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    What settings did you use for the freezer pics? :)

    • Courtney
      November 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Hey Priscilla!

      My settings were f/2.5, 1/125, and ISO 3200. Hope that helps!

  • Marisa
    November 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    These are great…love the creativity of the light source. (Can I ask you a totally random question: Where oh where did you buy the Dibs? Cannot find them for the life of me?!!)

    • Courtney
      December 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      I bought the Dibs back in Japan, I took that photo over a year ago. Sorry!!

  • November 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    So fun! Thanks for the tips Courtney.

  • November 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    What a great picture :) and a fun way to do a self portrait or creative exercise if you’re in a funk!!! I’ll try to remember to do this when I get home tonight!!

  • November 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I think that I’m going to give this a try…maybe with the kids, too! Thanks for the fun idea!

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