Monday, March 21, 2011

Photography 101B

I had a request for this post....
Which was really suprising cuz I thought NO ONE read it :)

But I was GLEAMING on the inside when I received a message from someone in NEW ZEALAND!!
That is SOOO cool AAAAA??
Thanks,  VANESSA who wrote:
" wow that was immensely helpful thanks! Could you please do another quick tutorial soon? I love taking photos but there is just so much to learn lol. Some tips about lighting indoors and out (in particular dealing with the sun and squinting etc) would be so appreciated "

So here it is...
We have learned in the old post about ANGLES

This one will be about Natural light and indoor lighting:
[lighting can make or brake a photo,so these are starter tips]

Camera's now days are SOOOO sophisticated,

Yes that's you!!!

Oh, maybe New Zealander's don't say JOE SH'MOE!?!?!? :)

Any WHOO :)
My Japanese friend once asked "what's a Negative Nancy?"
I said "like a Debbie Downer",
She then replied, "why are they all NEGATIVE??"

UHHHHHH, I don't know!?? :)
(They are tho')
It was pretty darn funny...Us American's coming up with CRAP sayings :)


1.There shouldn't be 2 sources of light in your picture (unless u are in a studio)
example: (these are basic rules of thumb for an amature)
  •  a sun and a flash =NO
  • flash and bright light (ceiling fan, lamp, overhead light)

SO in most cases 1 should be sufficient.
A flash and the ceiling fan provide light from the SAME DIRECTION..KEY!

Both of these  images were taken in a bedroom on the bed, of course.
Now the reason to choose these images as an example is that the light source is coming from directly above...most of the time this is the best type of lighting.

I would say though, for any amature photographer outdoor natural light is your best friend.
Shooting inside can be very tricky and you can get images like this....

Well, of course this baby (Lilly) is GORGEOUS but her color is dull and muted in this image due to lack of lighting and you would have to get in to TECHNICAL settings to change it then and there.

Which for you, I am trying to keep you away from until.....Photography 200 :)

So, stick to outside,
ONE Light source, the sun,
and if not use the flash away from other light sources like lamps and lights.
(unless they provide light in the same direction you are shooting, this way they supplement your flash)

Also remember if you are taking a picture with the light BEHIND your subject (like a sunset, or ball game) chances are all you will get is a silhoutte.... (which can be cool if that's what you're going for)

Block the sun or light with an object or angle yourself appropriately as soooo,


Holla' at yo' girl!!! Happy Monday :)!


  1. Ginger you make it look so easy! I damn near spat my goody-gumdrops ice cream at the laptop though when i saw this post lol. I hope the weather is nice tomorrow so i can practice with my little model/brat :) thanks again... till next time.

  2. Hi Ginger! I'm so glad you found me!! Your photos are amazing! Ive been wanting to take photography lessons for awhile now but just haven't had any time. Hopefully I'll pick up a few pointers here :-)