I love people to have great pictures of their kids. You can hire me to take them for you, of course. But, you can also get great images yourself for those in between times – even with your phone! You just need to know some simple tricks that will help you a lot!
Let’s talk about back lit images of my youngest above. You can tell both have back lighting by the rim of light you see around his head and body. In the left photo the image looks really hazy – I know some people like this look and will even add a filter to their photos to get them to look like this. However, I prefer the crispness of him in the right photo! The blurriness of the background is from the “fancy” camera I have; the quality of the photo is not – and you can achieve it too*!
There’s one simple trick you can use with any camera (even a phone) that will give you a similar quality to your pictures! Get in the shade. It’s that easy and that difficult all at the same time. Sometimes shade is easy to find, even with the sun shining directly on the back of your subject (as above) – you just have to step to one side or the other and take the photo again. That’s what I did for these pictures. Easy.
However, there are other moments when this solution won’t work because the sun is shining all over the place with no shade for miles. Don’t despair – you can still accomplish your goal – and it’s still really simple! All you need to do is to put the end of your lens into shade – and that is easily done with your other hand! Really. That’s all it takes! Let me be more clear: you do not have to be in the shade, your camera does not have to be in shade: just the end of your lens! Sometimes I find it easier to use a notebook or other solid object I may have handy (pun intended) instead, but with my phone, just placing my hand as an “awning” to cast a shadow over the lens is sufficient. Crazy, right?
Head out and try this with your phones and your cameras while the sun is shining today – and then share your results with me <3 I can’t wait to see!
*For more information on lighting the face when using backlight, be sure to read this blog post on my wedding website. We were fortunate to have snow do this for us on the day I took the pictures above.