How does the lighting effect the pictures you take? Let me show you!

In these three pictures, I used three different techniques to help show you how I captured each picture and how some are more light and dark than other pictures!

Sometimes when you’re outside shooting and you get so caught up in the moment, you don’t realize the background behind you is blown out. Your subject may be in focus but, the picture is totally over exposed. Here is an example of a picture where the light is overexposed:

Light and Dark Photography example of an Overexposed Photo.

Yikes, right?! This photo is extremely light. If I were an expert with Lightroom and Photoshop,  you could make this picture look somewhat better. But, because the light is so harsh, this photo may be ruined.

Settings for overexposed photo:

Exposure: 1/125 sec

F-Stop: 5.6

ISO: 100

No flash.

Sometimes, photos turn out too dark. That is the worst! Once again, with Lightroom and Photoshop, you can try to fix these photos but they might not look as professional. Dark photos don’t allow the small details on your models to shine. The background is dark as well and won’t compliment your model. An example of a dark photo is:

Light and Dark Photography with an example of a Dark photo

Settings for Dark Photo:

Exposure: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: 20

ISO: 100

No flash.

As you can see, this photo did not turn out the way anyone wants a photo to turn out.

HOW TO FIX THIS:

Add three lights to your photoshoot! There are different techniques to help balance out light and dark in your photos. For this photo below, we had three lights that were facing him. The lights were close together on his left side. With the lights, I kept these settings:

Exposure: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: 20

ISO: 100

With the three lights and these settings, I got this picture which helped balance the light and dark in this photo!

Light and Dark Photography example with Lights

After editing this photo in Lightroom, I got this as my final result. Learning how to balance the overexposed light and underexposed dark will make the world of difference in your photography.

Whitney_Boone_Light and Dark Photography.

Check out “10 Must-Know Portrait Photography Tips for Beginners” for more tips.