One of the first things I learned as a wedding photographer: avoid afternoon sun like the plague. But I have learned that sometimes it can be fun. Harsh sunlight is a cool photo editorial look when done right, the play of light and shadow is something that will add interest to create a one of a kind unique photo.
Lighting does not always have to be soft, even and uniform. In the real world we get blinded by sunlight, cast into dark shadows and covered in the orange glow of sunset. Dont ever forget the way we naturally see things will always be attractive to us, that’s one reason why a 50mm lens is a classic staple for photographers, it is said to be closest to our natural viewpoint.
Imperfect photography is interesting photography, but imperfect does not mean bad, As an artist that’s your job- to curate what you find asthetically pleasing and show the world your idea of beauty. Putting your clients into realistic lighting creates evocative images that a viewer can relate to. It may stir memories within of a time the sunlight kissed their own shoulders, suddenly they can feel the warmth of that light and they are experiencing your image instead of viewing it. As an artist, isn’t the goal to get people to feel something when they view your images?
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