On Sunshine, Yellows, Oranges and Shadows.

Past 9 years have been spent looking for a soft light, so soft and oh so very flattering that it’s almost been a decade of blindness.

Only took 4 canadian winters to realize the freshness and crispy nature of sunshine that it ‘s finally incorporated into how visuals are caught on the camera.

I have been blind far too long.

The Nature

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If you really were to consider the nature of sunshine, it warms the soul; it warms cold battered hands from breaking rocks all day.

The very warmth, which is essential for human survival makes it just as much more appealing as water to a man lost in the desert of his own thoughts.

Beyond the warmth, into the shadows

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When you consider the shadows, our first instinct is to clear them out, make room for light! Atleast thats my first reaction when lighting a set. But shadows are just as essential to a shot, as the light is.

Shadows help create a dynamic tension in a shot, define the facial structure and generate an overall mood to the shot. So next time, if you see a shadow, see how it fits the picture before removing it.

Yellows, Oranges and exposure.

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Another tricky aspect of dealing with high contrast imagery where sunlight and shadows play a part is watching the exposure. Yes, it’s true that you can gain a great deal of information in the highlights when the image is processed later on, but you definitely don’t want to blow out your highlights during the shoot. I mean don’t get me wrong, sometimes that overblown aesthetic works and if that’s what you are looking for, then by all means go at her and blow her out. But if you consider technical aspect of photographing, blown out highlights are somewhat looked down upon. So remember, fill in your shadows and expose so that you don’t lose too much information in your highlights.