Brendiw's Prom May, 16th 2015 & Shooting in Bad Light Tips

Yesterday’s shoot in shot in the crappiest light ever clouds and rain, but I still managed to get amazing photos. I took pictures of Brendiiw and Alex’s for their prom. We actually went to mansions in a local neighborhood and asked if we could shoot on their property. They willingly said yes! LOL SO AKWARD. Anyways Brendiiw and Alex are attending Waggener’s 2015 Prom. Besides the beautiful photos I took I've added tips on how to shoot in bad light below.

Let’s be honest no one likes to shoot in bad crappy light, but sometimes we are forced to do so. Some shoots are time sensitive for example, a wedding can’t be re shot another day.  Neither can a prom be re-shot another day. These moments are timeless freezes in time that need to be photograph only on the day of the occasion. If it’s an overcast or a cloudy what do you?
I know what you can do! Make the best of bad light I’ll be posting tips and tricks on how to shoot in bad light.

Tip 1# Cloudy days aren’t that bad make the most of them if you have to
Unless you’re trying to get a hazy golden sunset behind your client, or models cloudy days are your next best bet! Cloudy days provide naturally soft and evenly diffused light. What you can use as a fill light to illuminate your subject’s eyes and face is a reflector. For cloudy days I like to use the sliver side of my 5 in 1 Reflector. This adds a nice catch light to the eyes making them glow effortlessly. Also, the sliver side of your reflector fills in light where there are shadows in your photographs
Another way to add fill light on cloudy day is to use a flash/speed lite. Use flash sparingly if used use your flash off camera. Trying bouncing your flash to the side, left, right, or even placing it behind your subject as a hair light for dark haired people. Note when using a flash with your camera make sure your flash sync speed is synced with your cameras shutter speed. Shutter Speed with flash needs to range from 1/100th, 1/160th 1/125th 1/200th

Tip 2# Use the lowest ISO POSSIBLE
To avoid grain in  your photos use the lowest ISO you can use. Depending on if you’re shooting full frame or crop sensor will determine how low of an ISO you can use. Low ISO for full frame ranging from 320 ISO up to 1600 ISO. Low ISO for crop sensor 100,400. To 600, or 800 ISO. When shooting on a cloudy day you need a higher ISO to compensate for the lack of light outside

Tip 3# Use a wide aperture lens and focus!
Use a lens that has a maximum aperture of 1.4, 1.8 or 2.8. Shooting at a low aperture allows you to leverage any available light. Lens I recommend are a 50 1.4 or an 85 1.8. Also, when shooting with low apertures take at least 3-4 shots of the same shot to insure proper focus. When shooting with a shallow depth of field almost 2 out of 3 shots will be out of focus. Focusing for head-shots focus on the eyes! Focusing on full body shots focus on the face.
Tip 4# Use a fast shutter speed
Try to get the fastest shutter speed possible! Using wide aperture lenses I mentioned above will aid you in doing so. A fast shutter speed in low light conditions is very helpful with getting clear crisp photographs. Try to shoot at 1/100th of a second or faster.

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