Direction of Light
Removing your flashgun from the top of the camera is an ideal way to change the look of your photos for the better, as the direction of the light is a key player in creating an image with a three-dimensional look. If you don't take into account the direction of light then your wedding photographs or portrait photos can look very flat, many photographers try to eradicate shadows however shadow actually helps to provide the 3d look within an image; we take it for granted when observing people or objects but its the direction of light, the tonal changes that help us to process the image in front of our eyes.
Photographing weddings in Somerset can be a challenge due to the changes is weather, we provided our wedding services last weekend and we experienced every type of weather throughout the day, from brilliant sunshine through to those black overcast skies, very challenging and this is when is vital to clearly see the direction of light as it changes through the wedding shoot.
However the direction of light is only one aspect of light that you should take into account, although it ranks right alongside quality of light for having a huge effect on the look and feel of your images. Getting great images isn't just about putting light everywhere. It's often about channeling the light so it illuminates a key part of the scene, leaving less important elements of a scene to disappear into the background, or to create shadows where you need them for maximum artistic effect. It's all about taking control of your lighting, and modifying its output to give a certain look to your images. From lovely, soft, flattering light to sharp-edged beams, all you have to do is modify the output from your flashgun. Coloured gels, grids to control spill, gobos, and specialist flash attachments can open up a world of creativity and produce amazing photos. There's been an explosion in the number of attachments you can buy for your flashes, and many give a fantastic effect.
I have mentioned previously in my blogs that my approach is to slightly close my eyes as this helps me to clearly visualise the shadows and highlights, try it, you can test this out anywhere, just close your eyes and you will be able to see more clearly where the light is coming from and what you may need to do in order to capture the subject.