My ten tips to create beautiful lighting that flatters for that perfect selfie or as a professional photographer.

This is My Ten simple tips to create beautiful lighting that flatters for professional photos or perfect selfies

1: Use natural light whenever possible.
Natural light is often the most flattering and easiest to work with. Putting your subject in the right place at the right time of day with natural light can be the softest lighting to work with, and most effective.

All natural overcast day light

2: Experiment with different times of day.
The quality of light can change significantly depending on the time of day, so try shooting at different times to see what works best for you or your subject.

3: Use reflectors or a white card to bounce light back onto the subject.
This can help fill in shadows and add dimension to the subject. Bring out a glow to the eyes and under the chin to make an image more appealing to the eye.

4: Experiment with different light sources.
In addition to natural light, you can also use artificial light sources such as studio strobes or continuous lights. Even a simple ring light can be a creative tool or a small video light will add a pop to your pictures.

5: Pay attention to the direction of the light.
Light that is coming from the side or from behind the subject can create a more dramatic effect, sometimes a bright light from behind will result in a more silhouetted looking image.

Natural light with a reflector to reduce shadows and add a catch light to the eyes

6: Use diffusers to soften the light.
This can help reduce harsh shadows and make the light more flattering to the subject. A simple white sheet over a window will give a soft touch to any image.

7: Avoid shooting directly into the sun.
This can create harsh shadows and cause lens flare and in turn make the images soft with less contrast. Though this rule isn’t always bad. It can also be creative if used in the correct environment .

Bright side light from back lighting in mid day sun

8: Use negative fill to create shadows. By placing a dark object near the subject, you can create shadows and add depth to the image.
If you have a very light room from natural light through a window or a white bedroom this idea will be great, even a dark sheet/ blind or black card will reduce some light giving more depth to a subject.

9: Experiment with different apertures. Aperture controls the amount of light that enters the camera, as well as the depth of field.
This can be found on all manual settings in camera or on smartphones. This is perfect to add a little creative look when using a low F number ..

10: Keep an eye on the colour temperature of the light. Different light sources can cast different color temperatures, which can affect the overall mood of the image. Use a colour checker or white balance tools to help ensure accurate colour. For instance house lighting and sunlight can produce a warm tone to an image.. where a window lit by indirect light or even a snow scene will have a cooler more white look..

Please remember that these are my personal tips, we all have our own ideas. There’s nothing wrong with using a bunch of the above methods and then in your preferred editing software creating something much more refined or dramatic.

Let me know what you try and how it works out for you.

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New Lightroom Presets coming soon this one it’s a beautiful desaturated tone the Ashwood Soft Tone Preset

Making big changes to the website

Hey guys and girls
We have been adding many new pages, new products, and social media links to the website

After the mishap with the website the other day deleting everything and having to start the page
pretty much from scratch other than the blog posts .. Its given me a chance to really work on what
the website needs and really did need deleting.

If you have been following this blog for a while or maybe you have just come across this single post
you will no doubt have seen or will see if you get a chance. That this page has mostly been about what i do day to day with photoshoots and such.

with the new website comes bigger changes,

the new site has some great additions, we have a number of ways that you can buy products
learn photography and so much more..
check out a few pages below

We have also been creating while doing the new website a new Instagram page
for out Landscape photography work and some of the nature images
here you can see the work that will be coming for sale in weeks to come
check the new page out and see how thats going, and while youre there
please hit the follow button and a some hearts too

A few weeks ago I posted a video from the Maldon Fantasia finale firework display
onto my youtube channel. you can watch that below or head over to our channel to
see the video in the youtube app. please if you do take a second to like share and subscribe

Looking back at a few of the messages I received after doing boudoir shoots it’s great when you get messages like these! #customerreviews

Drone Flying, it’s been a while guys. But yesterday I got out with the drone and took some Videos and photos too! So those shots will be coming to Instagram very soon ! Head over and check them out !

Starting to add some new images to our Etsy page if you would like any of the new images you can head over. All images that we post to social media has a copyright embedded but have a look at our sales page I think you will find our prices are very low. #etsy #Business

New Instagram image posted tonight, this set of images of sarah are something I keep coming back to finding new images from the set. #beauty #location #portrait

What’s your favourite! I can’t decide! Black and white or the colour one? #reflection #landscape #water

Three new drone shots, shot from the DJI MAVIC MINI, looking in on the shipwreck at Maldon Prom .. off of the river black water

Question post! Please leave a comment if you see this! Would you buy images from me if you see them for sale?? Say on Etsy. #photography #business #landscape

Wow ! Just looked at the webstats — over 6k views and 2.5k of people landing on the site! Thank you all! For everything this year!

Lockdowns coming to an end! Bookings for headshots, boudoir, and portraits, also new products coming in the Etsy store soon ! #photography #timex #productphotography