Find your light.
If you break it down, the art and science of photography is all about recording light. When you snap a photograph, your camera captures light and records it, either chemically by means of light-sensitive material like photographic film, or, electronically by means of an image sensor.
So, you can imagine why lighting plays such a key role in photography.
No light? No image. Bad light? Bad image.
Bon Appetit has a fantastic illustration to show you how to use light to your advantage.
If you want your photographs to stand out and impress, you need to find your light.
Sounds easy enough, right? Funny, most people don’t take the time to use natural lighting to their advantage.
So, when you’re snapping a photo of that kick ass enchilada you’re about to devour for lunch – stop! Turn around. And look for your light.
Are you outdoors? Check to see where the sun is. If the sun is behind you, you’re in good shape. Photograph away. (Just be sure not to block the light from hitting your subject). If the sun is in front of you and you’re trying to shoot into the sun, you’re gonna have a bad time.
The beauty of mobile phone photography is that it’s mobile. Get up, switch seats, move around your subject and make sure the sun is behind you.
If you’re indoors and need to find your light, determine the source of your light. Is that soft glow emanating from your vintage Elvis lamp complete with tasseled shade?
Photograph your subject as close to one of the sides of your light source. But never place your subject in front of the light source. Your photograph will end up being back lit and you’ll end up with a dark silhouette. Unless you’re trying to go for that “witness protection” look, of course.
In short, find your light and position your subject accordingly. Never block your light source or place your subject in front of it.
If you follow these tips, you can be guaranteed you’ll Kapture amazing photographs every time.