Using Light to Make Your Images More Interesting


Sometimes the light you have available doesn't turn out to be the way you hoped.  For instance, I bought a beautiful bunch of daffodils with the intention of creating some images in dreamy window light. On the day I took the following shots, the sky was overcast, it began to rain and the house was very dark inside.

So it was time to try Plan B - using a speedlite.  I use a speedlite in low light situations when I want to hold the camera without having to use a tripod.  This first image was nothing special (with the exception of my helpful assistant included in the background.  I have left him in the image to show where he was standing for the next shot).    Even with the addition of editing, I wouldn't normally show this image as, in my opinion, it doesn't reveal the true beauty of the flower. 


Canon 7D, 100mm f2.8L macro, f18, 1/250 sec, ISO 400, flash.


Next it was on to Plan C - using a torch/flashlight.  I use a torch quite often in my photography.  I love how it gives a continuous light source that you can move around to find the best light for your subject.  My assistant shone the torch on the front of the flower.  By doing this, you could see through the petals revealing the centre of the flower, and creating a more interesting image.


Canon 7D, 10mm f2.8L macro, f7.1, 1/50 sec, ISO 1250, no flash.


The image above was straight out of the camera, but I wanted to make it more dramatic so I converted it to black and white using Lightroom.


Even on a dull, rainy day it is still possible to get the image you want by being creative with your light.


Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful!