Available Light

I’ve been suffering from some blogger’s block lately.  To understand why, feel free to check out our photography blog…lots going on. ;)  Anyway, I have been wanting to share these photos with you and thought that now was the time.  These photos were taken during the dreary month of February when the thought of spring felt as far away as another planet.

The purpose of these photos was to celebrate Claire’s little friend, Jordan’s, 3rd birthday.  We headed down to the Flying Cupcake so that the moms kids could have a cupcake.  Honestly, we did decide on Flying Cupcake for us…thinking the kids would equally enjoy it…and they did. ;)  Well, I was just a mom for this adventure…wanting to capture a few moments of these sweet friendships that have developed over the years.  However, this popular cupcake shop was rather busy, so we decided to step out of the way and capture a few treasures of our own.

If you saw where these photos were taken you would have looked at me like I was crazy.  It was a gloomy day and all we had was the back door.  However, it made the perfect demonstration for this post…using available light.  Many have asked how to position their little ones inside.  The easiest, most efficient answer is to have your little ones facing a window or  a door (with a window) allowing enough room to have your back to the window/door.

In the image below, you can look at Claire’s eyes and see the white spots.  These are the catch lights from the windows.  Notice there aren’t any hard shadows around her eyes or features.  This is about as natural as you can get for being indoors.  The images below also include catch lights and were shot in the same location.

The image below has Gabe facing the door and Jordan is sitting to the side of the light.  You can see a slight shadow to the left of her nose, but all detail is there.  Their expressions coincide with each other bringing a smile to your face.;)

And, this one shows Claire standing to the side of the light.  Notice her left eye is somewhat shadowed because the light was metered for the brightness of the light.  I didn’t want to blow out her features and was okay with having a slight shadow/darker left side.

So, while it does feel absolutely wonderful outside right now, I realize that the Midwest is always full of surprises.  Even though I long for consistency with warmer weather, I know that we still have some cooler days ahead.  With that being said, try shooting in this way.  Put your backside to the window and start shooting away.


Vangie Lindner - Such good pictures- love them.March 22, 2011 – 11:44 pm

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