Lighting gone wrong?

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JDBabyHopes's picture
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Lighting gone wrong?

I feel like I've really fallen behind in a lot of posts on here that I really would like to comment on! I've just been super busy with a fast eight month old on the go who has decided naps aren't for him recently! Lol That said...

So, I basically suck at getting my lighting right for the most part, especially indoors. Our house is crap for light, so I make do with what I have: a large sliding back door, and a full-length storm door out front. Basically, our morning sun comes in the back and afternoon sun in the front. I'm usually fighting with sun dapples on the floor at the back door, and crazy blown out backgrounds at the front door.

Basically, I took some pics of DS by our front door today. This seems to be one of my only sources of light for indoor pics, so how the heck do I position him so that I don't have blown backgrounds and dark faces? Our door is at an angle and to the right of where I sit is a couch and wall, so I can't position myself anymore off to the right to get him to look more towards the door.

Anyhow, is there anyway to fix this? Any suggestions? Here are a few from today that I took to show what I mean. No CC or anything on them, as they were just fun pics of DS since I hadn't had my camera out all week.

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Coloring is off on this one I think. The red door tends to make everything pink.

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And a bonus pic as to why I haven't really picked my camera up recently. He's too busy doing things like this. Smile

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Anyhow, thanks for looking! If there are any tips on positioning him better, they will be greatly appreciated!

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Amy_&_Eva's picture
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Well, I'll take a stab and say that, with such a STRONG light source as that front door, you should keep him back from it a few feet (to tone down the strength of the light) and position him facing it about 3/4 of an angle (to get his face lit and lit evenly, but not full-on). Then you aim your camera toward him and not toward the bright light source.

He's so cute!

JDBabyHopes's picture
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Ooo pulling him back? I hadn't thought of that! Smile Thanks! And I usually *try* getting him facing the light 3/4 of the way, but he ends up... well, in the position you see in my pictures. Wink

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p.s. my Mom has a red front door and a full-glass storm door too, how funny! Smile

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He has catchlights in his eyes and he's facing away from the door. Is their windows in the room as well? I'd shut the door in that position so the background isn't blown since he's getting the lighting in his eyes. Otherwise, I'd have him face the door straight on and shoot from the opposite side instead. You standing right against the front door and him further back. Of course, it's hard to know without seeing the room in person.

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Sorry can't help you out much myself still trying to figure out natural indoor lighting.

Your DS is such a cutie.

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I agree about turning him. With the light only on the side, you will have a shadow on the other side. I have indoor lighting....so I understand your frustration!

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I made you a diagram Smile Here is my suggestion.

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ETA If the sunlight is directly hitting his face, just move him back until he is in the 'shade'

Good Luck Biggrin

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That's basically the same as what I meant....except I'm not sure about the idea of being outside the door while baby's inside, only because if other babies are like my Eva was, she wouldn't be happy if she saw me on the other side of a door, she'd try to get to me fast LOL!

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"La123" wrote:

I made you a diagram Smile Here is my suggestion.

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ETA If the sunlight is directly hitting his face, just move him back until he is in the 'shade'

Good Luck Biggrin

ROFL Thanks!!!

I'm going to try this out tomorrow! I'll let you girls know how it goes! Thanks again! Biggrin

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Definitely show us what you try! I agree with pulling back away from the light. Can't wait to see what you do!