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Looking for Light

Lesson 2 from: Capture and Edit Photos of People in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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2. Looking for Light

Great light makes for a great photo. But what do you do under harsh noon light? Jared demonstrates how to create your own shade and manipulate light, even under difficult circumstances. Watch as Jared moves his subjects to create optimal light and even “rim light”.
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Looking for Light

So the first thing that I need to do is start looking for light. I look here and I naturally see one big problem with all the light that's around me and that is that it's a very harsh sun. Because it's noon. It's not in the sweet light of the day in the morning or in the evening. And depending on where you place your subject you can either have them squinting in the sun. You can have light coming from the side. And it's creating hard shadows across their noses. And they just don't look all that great. So we're gonna look for shade. Now in this case because the sun is directly overhead there's very little shade on this location. So what I'm looking for is shade that I can create. And that's simply turning them away from the sun. You can see that Devon and Indy both because they're turned away from the sun have created their own shade. Their face is in the shade of their own body. Which means there are no harsh shadows and as a bonus we get this beautiful rim of light all the way around ...

their hat and on their hair and on their shoulders which helps separate them from the trains in the background which incidentally, the trains in the background have the same advantage because they are faced away from the sun. The sun is beyond them and so they have the same shade that Indy and Devon have. Which means that when I photograph Indy and Devon, they are exactly the same exposure which is gonna make my next job that much easier.

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