light, he is backlit, so he will appear as a silhouette in my photo.
Now, say I ask my son to run up on to the beach. I turn my
back to the sun so it is directly behind me. So now the photographer is positioned in between the subject (my son) and the
light source (sun). In this position, my son will have the soft
light of the sun set directly on his face. This would be an ideal
spot for a portrait. He is fully illuminated by the soft evening
Now that we have discussed positioning, one more factor
to consider is the type of light you are dealing with. Soft light,
for instance, is usually found in the early morning, evening, or
on a cloudy day. This sort of light is ideal for capturing photos
of a person’s face.
The other type of light we generally deal with is harsh light,
which is that bright light in the middle of a sunny day. This
light usually causes people to squint and have strong shadows on some areas of their faces. Strong mid-day light can be
great when photographing your subjects from a distance, but
it’s not ideal for portraits. If you want to take a portrait, simply
place your subject in the shade of a tree or building. Keep the
sun to your back and your subject's face toward the sun.
4. Clean Up Y;r Summ; Photos
Here’s a secret: Nearly every photo I share has been edited with TouchRetouch ($1.99). Like me, you have probably
wondered how some people’s photos look better than others—despite being taken in the exact same location and with
the same subject. Over time, I’ve learned that most photographers improve their photos by eliminating any ugly distractions, such as dirt, garbage, telephone wires, etc. These items
are easy to remove using TouchRetouch. Although these
details may seem small, once they’re removed your photo will
look much cleaner.
To use TouchRetouch, first download the app, open it, and
then tap Albums to select the photo you want to edit. Next,
tap the Object Removal button on the bottom left corner.
Carefully glide your finger along the object you want to remove and, once it is highlighted in green, tap GO. Your item
will completely disappear! Be sure to save your edited photo
by pressing the Share button in the upper right corner and
tapping Gallery to export the edited photo.
As you head out on your great summer adventures, be sure
to remember: Burst, Portrait mode, lighting, and polish. These
four tips are sure to help you capture many priceless moments
Tip! Disc;; Catchlights
Try standing a bit above your subject (perhaps have
them sit in some grass) and have your back directly to
the sun. Have them lift their chin to slightly look up at
you. Do you see little reflections of light in their eyes?
Those are called “catchlights,” and they can really help
your portraits come alive!
Jill Emmer is a self-taught iPhone photographer from Minneapolis. She is a mom of
two young boys and is part of an adventurous, outdoors-loving family. She enjoys
taking whimsical photos, playfully using color and scale to create unique story-telling
pictures. You can ;nd more of her work at www.shineonphotos.com.