When I first moved into my new home just over a year ago, I was excited about the opportunity to shoot in a new spot, but that excitement quickly vanished as I figured out that, on the surface, the light in my new home was anything but ideal. I spent a good portion of the spring and summer shooting daily, often outdoors. Fall came and I stopped picking up my camera, shooting only once every week or two, and mostly outside the house. I quickly got bored of my go-to spot in the house (the master bedroom). In January I decided to challenge myself to do a 365, and quite honestly, I wasn’t sure I would make it through the winter with the boring, less-than-ideal light that I had to work with inside my home. It was a particularly cold winter, and with two young children, we spent a good portion of our time indoors. I quickly learned that I was going to make it through my 365, I would have to learn to make the most of the light in my house. With the cooler months approaching, I wanted to share some of the ways I did just that.(…)
The basics of using light well are universal to photography; they apply equally well to those photographers shooting on automatic or to those working in manual mode. Learning to see and utilize light is one of the most important keys to creating the images that you envision. These are a few simple dos and don’ts that will help capture the power of light.(…)
As a newborn lifestyle photographer, it is a grand privilege to be invited into the most intimate moments of tenderness and newness in a family. That being said, there are great challenges in walking into a new environment brimming with emotion and vulnerability. It takes courage to calm my own nerves and steady my eye while shooting in an honest and sensitive fashion. Through the years, I’ve developed my strategies to doing so using both technical and artistic techniques to help make sure that I am prepared and effective regardless of the scenery or dynamics.(…)
Learn how to capture the beauty of natural light no matter what the weather conditions are in Natural Light with Atmosphere! This four week online workshop with Megan Squires will help you take your natural light photography to the next level and will give you the confidence to embrace all kinds of light!
Here are just a few reviews from past students in this course:
I came into this course at a point in my journey where I felt I had really hit(…)
It wasn’t too long ago that I would seek out perfectly even, perfectly bright and perfectly direct light. I quickly realized how much this style of shooting, while it isn’t wrong in any way, just wasn’t me. I love capturing my subjects in pockets of light and indirect light, especially indoors. What this means to me is finding light that gently meets the shadows on my subject. Give me that and I’m a happy girl!
I think most of us can(…)
When shooting portraits on an overcast day, the sky can act like a giant soft box creating soft, even light. You generally don’t have to worry about bright sunshine making your subject squint, dappled light coming through trees, or harsh shadows on your subjects. However, because this giant softbox is positioned directly overhead, it can be hard to have anything other than flat lighting, catchlights can be hard to come by, and portraits can sometimes seem flat and boring.
1. Try shooting from slightly above(…)
February is here and that means it’s time for another CMpro of the Month. This month, we are thrilled to have Texas photographer Jennifer Dell as the CMpro of the Month! Jennifer is a wildly talented, natural light children’s photographer. We love that we got to see inside her head a bit with this interview and, of course, to see all her gorgeous work here!
february cmpro of the month | jennifer dell
by Melissa Koehler
You’ve always had an interest in art(…)
Happy New Year friends! We hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season and that 2013 kicks off with a great start! We are kicking off the New Year with our very first CMpro of the Month for the year, the fabulous Kate T Parker! Kate is a brilliant natural light photographer with a knack for creating beautiful and dramatic art. We are thrilled to have an interview with Kate be the first thing on our photography blog(…)
We all can use more drama in our lives, right? Especially at home. Who doesn’t like drama at home?
What?!? Am I alone here??
Wait, I think you misunderstood.
I meant dramatic light. You know, darks and lights intersecting with a gorgeous subject placed just so. Just the thought makes me want to grab my camera (and my unwilling kids).
That kind of drama is always good…at least when we’re speaking photographically. All the other kinds, eh, let’s leave it to the Real Housewives. (…)
Megan Squires is set to start a new run of her inspirational and information packed photography workshop, Lighting 201: Natural Light with Atmosphere, on October 29th. This course will give you the tools necessary to shoot outside at any time of day from golden light to backlight to full sun and in any weather situation that Mother Nature can throw your way. Megan focuses on helping students to enhance their vision for an image through creative use of light. If you’ve(…)