Let There Be Light!

But only if its good light.

I finally decided to get myself some lights. I am only really able to do anything, unless someone is looking after my children, at night. Enough said. I had resisted getting lights because so many photos I see look ‘studioish’. You know what I mean. Hotspot here, too dark there, flat, shadow in distracting spot. The list goes on. I have no idea why I decided to become obsessed with photography? It must be the most complicated obsession around. Anyway, I set up my lights last night. I am interested in newborn portraits so I had a go. I didn’t have a newborn. I had to use a teddy. I also wasn’t happy with the placement of lights in the beginning. In the end I had one with a softbox facingย the front of the bear and one without anything aimed at the ceiling, then used a reflector (balanced on my head due to lack of assistant!) to reduce the shadows I didn’t like and to introduce a catch light in the eyes. I had to use an ND filter as the lights were too bright for the space. Obviously this is going to need to be refined if it is going to be workable, but I am reasonably happy with my first effort.

Behold, the bear!



4 thoughts on “Let There Be Light!”

  1. This is so cute – Well Done on your first attempt and taking a step forward!
    I am a SAHM mom to a 14 month boy and I am teaching myself photography. I battle to find time with one little guy, you are amazing for finding time with 3 little boys! And I am new to the blogging and social media world – really chucked myself into the deep end but wow, it is exciting ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep learning, I will definitely be following you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks for your comment Andrea ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny how you start seeing more in the photographs of your kids and eventually, at least in my case, and it seems yours too, it turns into an obsession to create a perfectly lit, creatively composed, image that tells a story. We will never be bored! If our kids are not confounding us, our photographs will ๐Ÿ˜‰

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