5 Steps to Improve the Lighting in Your Photos

Do you want to improve the lighting on your next photo shoot but find you don’t have a big budget to make it happen?  Here are a few tips you can use to create great lighting without breaking the bank:

Step 1.

Find an outdoor setting or plan to take your photos near a large, natural light source, like a large window in a building

Step 2

Get a large piece of white card or a cheap reflector.  This will be useful to amplify the natural light the sun will provide.

Step 3

Determine the direction or the source of the light.  Whichever side is not being well lit needs to be filled.  This is where your white card or reflector will come in handy.

Step 4

If you’re recording a video or taking a portrait shot, position the white card directly below the person’s face or point the white card (or reflector) towards the sun, allowing the reflected light to fill in the shadows and light up the darkest part of the subject.  If you’re unsure if the reflector is working properly, remove the white card or reflector and note the difference on the subject’s face and body to make sure the white card (reflector) has been positioned properly.

Step 5

Record your video or take your photo, making sure to carefully crop out the white card (or reflector) from the shot.

Happy Recording or Shooting!  We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!