I’ve been talking a bit about finding light in the winter this week, a topic that is probably on our minds as we think about getting the most out of our photography this season. In fact, this entire week has been grey, with nary a ray of sunlight.
I touched on using window lighting in this post as one way that we can softly illuminate images. I love that little tip!
I want to point out that I’m a die-hard-natural-light-lover, and therefore, no flash of any kind is used in my photography. It is very important for me to find the light and use it to it’s full potential. Today, I decided to work using a white blanket to help reflect some light onto Jasper’s face on a dreary day.
This poor kid has to take the hit for his siblings who often say, “not me!”, when I ask for models.
C’est La Vie!
I positioned Jasper so that he is laying on my bed atop this fuzzy winter white blanket and a window roughly 6 feet behind his head. The dim light from the window is reflecting off the blanket to brighten him up. I’m keeping my processing clean to maintain the integrity of my son’s skintone which really is alabaster…or rosy, when he is too warm. I could certainly tweak the processing on the blanket, but I decided to leave it this time.
A blanket also makes a good
place to hide prop with little ones, especially when it is such a cozy one! The texture kept him cooperative, because it was a treat to lay on one of my “special photoshoot blankets”.
Winter can be a bit of a demotivator when it comes to photography, but we don’t have to be afraid of it. With a little creativity we can use winter’s natural light to our advantage!