Using Light as a photography asset

You cannot take a photograph without light. You cannot take amazing photography without learning how to use light to your advantage. This is a skill that is going to take time to master but it will be well worth it when you have it down to an art.

Bad Use of Light
Bad Use of Light

When learning how to use light to enhance your photographs, apart from using Lightroom Presets, you can try to shoot during dusk or dawn. The orange rays of the sun at that time are always beautiful and hey will breathe this beautiful essence into all the helmet video camera photographs that you shoot in these light conditions. Sun;light is soft light that add something natural to your photos so that they look a lot more natural. Manipulating your photographs using Adobe Lightroom might give them as much depth as beauty as taking them naturally will.

Against or towards the light?

This is a question that does not have a simple answer. It depends on the light conditions that are there at the time of shooting. If the light is not too bright or harsh, you can shoot toward it but ensure that time of exposure is as little as possible. It is advised to only do this when you absolutely have to.


The best way to shoot is against the light, i.e when the source of light is to your left or your right, or with the light behind you. This is so that the subject is fully illuminated and none of the glare from the light reaches your camera’s sensors. If you have the experience and shooting in a room, you can use a reflector. This will provide enough light to your subjects without the glare that comes with shooting in bright light conditions.

Using light the right way will take some time and skill to master as do all other photography skills. All you have to do is be consistent and always aim to be the best you can. Experiment with different light conditions and directions as well as natural and artificial light.

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