What a difference (the right) light makes. {Elk River, MN Photographer}

What a difference (the right) light makes. {Elk River, MN Photographer}



It’s Tuesday Blog Ring time. Welcome back to my regular readers and for those of you who are new, welcome. I am in a group of fellow photographer friends which we select a topic each week to blog about. You can travel around the world reading each one of our post about the weekly topic and see everyone’s take on the topic.  This week we are blogging about “What a difference the right light makes.”

I am a natural light photographer.  I love the way natural light hits the subject and there are no harsh lines.  Three factors influence how natural light renders a subject: time of day, camera direction and weather.  With this being said the times I enjoy shooting the most are early in the morning or in the evening.  With the natural light you get what we call a soft light.  There are no harsh edges from the sun beating down on your subject.  Soft light describes the type of light that you find in the shade or on a cloudy day.

Soft light is great for taking photos of people, especially portraits. If you’re outside on a sunny day, taking photos of people, find some shade and take photos of them there. The results will be much better. Soft light is also suitable for taking photos in wooded and or heavy areas of trees, and for still life and flowers.  The hour just before sunset and just after sunrise (the “golden hour”) is typically regarded as having the most desirable light for photography. This is characterized by horizontal light that casts long shadows and gives subjects a warm glow. Sunsets and sunrises make for exciting and highly varied lighting, primarily because these are heavily influence by subtleties in the weather. Clouds are rendered using sunlight which reflects off them from underneath — as opposed to sunlight which has diffused through them from above — potentially causing the sky to light up with a soft, warm light.  This golden hour is short but can make for some fun interesting photos.

I chose two photos of my two boys. Enjoying a icee on a nice warm day we had this past week. It was over cast at the time but the light was still nice and soft.  I just love the natural looking light that lighted up each of their faces.

Now head on over to visit Ally from Allyson Photography, take on What a difference the right light makes.


  1. Good lighting is definitely the key! Awesome post and cute images of your little ones.

  2. Love the idea behind these weekly posts!
    The golden hour in the evening is my absolute fave!!! Nice warm yummy light!

  3. Great post, Sarah! You’re boys are so stink’n cute!!

  4. Great share. Your kiddos are cuties! 🙂

  5. Great post on what different light looks like. Cute boys!

  6. Your boys are gorgeous. I also love overcast days!

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