Last Christmas I bought a Nikon D3200 SLR camera and 50mm lens then booked myself onto a photography course to learn how to use them.
I’ve managed to pick up a few simple tips which I’ve been asked to share as it can be hard to get decent lighting at this time of year.
I love natural light on a bright cloudy day and most of my pics are taken in the ‘golden hour’ before sunset. But on days where there’s less light I use additional lighting. I’m still researching lighting equipment at the moment so when I shot the pic below I had to improvise with a lamp as a stand in; the light is directed behind the models to create a soft glow and reduce the grey cast on the white boards.
For the past year I’ve used three boards (base, background and opposite the window) on my living room table with net curtains diffusing the natural light. They’re inexpensive and create a lovely clean backdrop but they’re not seamless, so I’m about to upgrade to a large white backdrop on a roll.
To reduce camera shake use a tripod. I have one with rubber feet to provide stability on any surface and a spirit level to help to ensure that my camera is level.
Finally, it’s not always easy when you’re pushed for time, but allow plenty of time to experiment with angles and composition to show all of the details at their best.
Next month it’s all about soft pastels for everyone who asked for some tips. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.