I thought it’d be fun to start a little blog series called How Did I Take That Photo? I’m going to share the background information on why I chose a location, how I set it up and any other tidbits that may go along with it. Also, if there are any photos you’d like me to talk about, let me know and I’ll be happy to! I am admittedly not the best teacher in the world but I’ll try to explain things the best I can!
I figured this diptych (two photos side by side) I shared on Susan and Glenn’s blog post would be a good starting point for a couple of reasons. As you can see, the lighting is different in each photo but they’re standing in the exact same spot. I pulled these two out of their wedding reception for about 10 minutes because the lighting was perfect outside. There were a lot of buildings blocking the sun completely so we did a bit of walking around to find the right place to let some sun poke through. I found this location but it was right next to a parking lot. Yuck! I obviously cropped that out in camera.
One of the tricks to getting a “glowing” photo without it becoming too washed out is to block the sun with something. Here I used a tree to block some of the rays. The other trick is to not have the sun directly behind the subjects but between a 45 to 90 degree angle behind them.
In the first picture I am standing directly in front of them and the sun was at about a 45 degree angle behind them. While I love the glowiness (is that a word?) I didn’t want every photo there to have the same effect so I moved. I moved a few feet back and to my left. This hid a bit more of the sun’s rays. I’m pretty sure I was now hiding behind a giant metal thing to get the photo I wanted. I probably looked ridiculous but ask me if I give a hoot! Also, doing this doesn’t make the photo too hazy and gives the colors more of a pop. I like them both but both for different reasons!
It’s crazy how moving a few feet to your left or your right can make a big difference in style. It took me a long time of practicing this technique to get exactly what I had in my mind. Oh, in case you were wondering, the lens I used was my Canon 85mm 1.2. I don’t break this lens out enough and I’m not sure why because it is amazing!
Hopefully this post was somewhat interesting or helpful! Let me know if I should keep up with this series or if you have any questions!