Photography: Working with light

Photography can be really fun when working with lights. To make an image stand out, try using a different light source to illuminate the photo.

Photography can be really fun when working with lights. To make an image stand out, try using a different light source to illuminate the photo.

If you’re inside, adjust your camera so that the flash will not go off. Use the light from the object (in this case, two candles) to light the photo. The candles are the only source of light in this photo, and it adds a nice mood to the picture.

On the Fourth of July, try taking photos of fireworks, but make them out of focus. It adds a nice flair to the abundance of fireworks photos you see. You can do this with sparklers, as well.

If you want to get really technical, try using flashlights to spell out words or make fun designs. Using flashlights and motion to capture pictures, requires more than the other photos. It requires a DSLR camera, a tripod and a flashlight (or a couple). Your camera must be set in manual mode, and it has to have a timer. Set the shutter to a slow speed (about 10 seconds). Set the timer, walk away from the camera and get in position. Once the shutter opens, turn on the flashlight and start moving it. Keep in mind that the camera will capture any movement you make with the flashlight on.

It takes awhile to get used to using alternate forms of light in photography, especially using flashlights. But with practice, it gets easier.