When it comes to improving the quality of your photos, learning about light isn’t that sexy is it? Many people would much prefer to learn about their shiny new camera or lenses, rather than being shown some easy photography lighting tips. But it’s fair to say that a good understanding and use of light will improve your photos far more than a whole bag full of cameras and accessories. As an added bonus, light is with us all of the time (nearly!), and you don’t have to carry it around with you!! Sometimes, all it needs to create a much better photo is just a little thought and awareness of the light. So here’s a great natural light photography tip for certain bad weather days.
The London Eye
I was raised in London, and often go and re-visit my home town, one amazing attraction there is the London Eye, a huge Ferris wheel on the south bank of the River Thames, it moves around very slowly and offers fabulous views across the London and its skyline. When I paid a visit with my camera last year, the weather was awful, but despite that, I was still able to get a great shot of ‘The Eye’ with some beautiful light.
As you can see from the photo above, the weather was stormy and cloudy and a few minutes before I took this shot, the light was very poor. I could see that although there was enough light to take a photo, it just wasn’t a good quality light, being very bland and grey, and I knew that if I just took a photo there and then (like many other people were doing!), that it would just end up being a typical snap, and most likely end up in the digital trashcan.
BUT… and this is where it gets interesting…. I could see that there were one or two very small breaks in the clouds and that if I waited, the sun might… just might break through and transform the scene with some wonderful light.
I could see the clouds moving across, and got my camera ready, I had to wait about 10 minutes, but then YES! it happened, what I’d been waiting for, a break in the clouds. The sun shone through and I got the shot that you see above, a beautifully lit scene with dark moody clouds that accentuate the ominous atmosphere of the image. I had to be quick, and I had to be ready for it, the break in the clouds only lasted about 30 seconds and then it was gone.