Quick Tip 3: Diffusing Light

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

Direct sunlight is generally too harsh to shoot in. So how does one shoot on a sunny day? No Fancy equipment here - you can see how this was set up on my kitchen floor!

Our eyes are adaptable - with pupils opening and closing depending on the amount of light in that area. Cameras can’t do that. They have a smaller range from light to dark that they can register, and the difference from light to dark in bright sunlight is generally too great. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One way to work with this is to let the light shine through something - that works like a filter to reduce the contrast or diffuse the light. A good way to do this is to tape large white plastic sheets or bags to the window. Or wait and shoot on a grey day. You’ll instantly see the edges of your shadows melt away and become softer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this shot I placed a clear washing basket in the way to soften the light in most areas, but a let a tiny bit of pure sunlight through to light the plant here and there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Make sure that whatever you use to shine light through, has no colour - otherwise your shot will look murky😉) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hope that helps!Happy Shooting!

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