Indoor harsh light and how to embrace it.


One of the hardest aspects to over come in photography is the presence of harsh light. It's so nice to shoot during the golden hour or the blue hour... the only problem is we don't always feel inspired to create images during these times. And depending on life itself we may not have the time to take advantage of these fleeting moments. In an ideal world I am sure we would prefer every minute of everyday to be the "golden hour"(or blue hour).

We are here to tell you that harsh light can be a great opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and really explore a different artistic side of photography. We welcome harsh light and we really feel that it can enhance the way we (and possibly you!) explore our own talent, hone our skills and enhance the way we view light. The images and explanations below were taken at 12 in the afternoon inside with direct light.

  The picture below was taken with our Canon 5d Classic and our 35mm 1.4. We exposed for the highlights on her skin, making the background fall into shadow. We not only flushed out the background but are using the leading lines from the light to draw your attention to our subject. This is our personal work, but can you do this with a client?


The answer is absolutely! The picture below not only incorporates harsh light but includes emotion and a real life moment that pulls you into the image. This image was taken with a Canon 5d Mark 3 and a 24mm 1.4. Again we exposed for our subject's skin causing much of our background to fall into shadow. Below this image is another image in the same room; it has a completely different feel and emotion.

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Using light to create emotion and inspire connection is key to curating a unique set of images. Kris and I see light completely different and are inspired to use light in different ways. The two images above were taken only moments apart, yet in one, the harsh light is embraced and in the other it is used as a composition tool. In the second image above, you can see how the two windows are blown out along the wall but it creates a clear line for your eyes to follow.  It takes you from the top left of the image to the subject, the family.


In the image below the harsh light is contrasted with the deep shadows caused by our blinds. It creates an artistic divide on our subject. It's an expressive way to use light. It's important to step out of the traditional view of light and experiment. Growth is achieved by attempting new things!  Don't be afraid to be daring and take risks.  Do something you are afraid of doing.


The remaining images below were all taken with the harsh light in mind. Get out there and experiment. Get out there and grow!