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Good Light Pt. 3

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Good available lighting for portraits can be found in the most unexpected of places. And don't confuse 'Good Light' with 'Lots of Light' because the two are completely different.

These two portraits were taken seconds apart and within two feet of each other. One works brilliantly - and the other doesn't because the lighting is all wrong for a portrait.

Look closely and you'll see the pic on the left isn't just brighter - it's different.

We don't tend to notice the way light plays on a subject, we only see the subject itself and for most of us finding good light is something that has to be learnt.

When you're out and about start looking at the light on people's faces rather than the face itself. Are there any shadows? Do those shadows look good or not? If the person moves or turns one way or the other - do the shadows change? If they do does the person look better for it or not? Start asking yourself these questions and you'll learn how to look at light.

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Good Light Pt. 3
I love your training videos but there was ONE sentence in this video which has really helped me. You said that learning photography is all about PRACTICING and not about GETTING IT RIGHT. I took some portraits at a family gathering yesterday but most of my family members are very self conscious so the photos were dreadful. This morning I felt like giving up but after hearing you say that profound statement (which I am going to memorise) I am not going to throw in the towel. Instead, I have decided to ask myself some powerful questions to see what I could have done differently in that tricky situation. So thank you Mike!
millydaisy 2, Oct 2017 @ 03:56
I love your training videos but there was ONE sentence in this video which has really helped me. You said that learning photography is all about PRACTICING and not about GETTING IT RIGHT. I took some portraits at a family gathering yesterday but most of my family members are very self conscious so the photos were dreadful. This morning I felt like giving up but after hearing you say that profound statement (which I am going to memorise) I am not going to throw in the towel. Instead, I have decided to ask myself some powerful questions to see what I could have done differently in that tricky situation. So thank you Mike!
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