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4 Tips for Light & Airy Photos

January 19, 2018

I am so excited to start this new journey into photography education!

As long as I can remember, I've alway wanted to be a teacher and now I get to share both passions. I can't wait to share with you the first installment of my new KP Education series!

 

My images are reconized by their bright light and overall airy look. This is mainly because of how I use the sun to my advantage to create that look! Today, I get to share with you some secrets to reating the same look right in camera without editing!

 

 

 

 

1. Shoot in manual mode

If you don't already, it's time to switch up modes and find that little "m" on the top of your camera and step out of the comfort zone of Auto. This is the number one way I get those bright images! I can go super into depth about exact settings, but I'll save that for another day. There are a million different ways to change your settings but after you learn all about ISO, aperature and shutter speed, you can really nail how you want your image to look!

 

 

 

2. Backlighting

This part is probably my favorite part! Backlighting is when you put the sun behind your subject. It seriously lights everything up and really makes your photos GLOW! The fun part? It's super easy! Make sure your subject is always in front of the sun and you're looking at the sun. For example, in the photo below, I had the wonderful Heydi stand in front of the sun and it just made her light up while I had to shoot into the sunshine to get that look.

 

 

 

3. Expose for your subject

This one may be a little tough and requires some practice but it's super simple once you get the hang of it. I always make sure my subjects are nice and bright even if that means my skies are blown out and overly bright. You can always recover some of that detail later while editing but its harder to fix exposure on skin later on.

 

 

 

4. Low Aperture

The other 3 tips are about lighting but this last one is a little techinical. To get that super blury, soft and airy background, you need to use the lowest f/stop your lens can go! Once you master manual mode, you'll learn what each setting is able to do and you'll love what that wonderful aperture button is capable of. Go ahead and try setting your f/sop all the way down to the lowest it can and watch that background disappear! Isn't that so bright and airy!? I typically shoot my couples at f/2 and my individual portraits at f/1.4!

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