Who was it that said, “When you can’t find anything to photograph, photograph the light”? Well, whoever said it, it’s stuck with me. There have been a lot of times when I couldn’t get out to take photos, but I just really have an urge to do so. When that happens I photograph the light around my house.
Photographing the Light
The best light comes in through my front window in the morning. That’s where the cats live because it’s the warmest place in the house. Therefore, they often end up being my subjects.
When metering for these types of scenes I usually go for the mid-tones, otherwise if I meter the brightest area the shadows will be too dark. If I meter the shadows, the highlights in the window will blow.
I love when the light streams in through the window and across the floor. I sat these flowers in the stream to photograph them. Usually, I like to shoot this type of photo with black and white film, but I had Lomography Color Negative 800 loaded, so I tried color film this time.
With these photos, I metered more for the highlights because yellow flowers would blow out if I metered the mid-tones of shadows. Then I just lifted the shadows a little in post. I like the circular light reflecting off of the glass vase. It created a halo around the flowers.
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Photographing the light is a good way to practice metering on days where you can’t get out to shoot for projects. I’d encourage all photographers to do it. If you don’t have a window in your home that catches streaming light, use a lamp. Positioning it in different directions will give you different shadows and highlights.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this yourself.
Until next time, stay motivated and keep shooting.
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