Tip of the week with Beck Photographic

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When taking portraits outside on a sunny day beware of harsh shadows.

Try having someone hold a sheet of white board on the shaded side of the subject to reflect the light on to them.

This will balance the light, and make a much more pleasing image.

This also works for flowers and plants.

If you are shooting people on a sunny day, do not shoot in the traditional way with the sun behind you, as your subjects will be looking directly into the sun, and will be squinting.

Instead have the sun in front and slightly to one side of you, and shade the sun from your lens with your hand.

Your subject will not be squinting and the light falling on their face will be much more flattering.

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