I saw this camera phone challenge on i heart faces and thought it would be such a great post!
I get asked all the time from clients, what kind of camera should I get? What lenses? What brand? Yes, if you’re a pro all this is a really important part of the equation. As an amateur – not so much. It all comes down to light. An easy way for non-professionals to see if they are in nice light for a portrait is to look for catch lights in your subject’s eyes. That’s the reflection in there that makes eyes look bright and sparkly. Without them you rarely have a great picture. If you can’t see catch lights your subject is not in the right place! Move or turn your little friend to a different spot until those eyes are sparklin’ at ya. A shady spot with wide open space behind the photographer is fantastic. Also when outdoors, having your subject looking up at you even the tiniest bit will create bigger catch lights from the reflection of the sky in their eyes. Indoors? About 3 feet from a big window will do wonders.
I promise you – a great camera will only help you get lucky every once in a while. The right light will get you a great image almost every time.
A little proof? This is a shot taken with my camera phone and doctored up with a 1970’s/funky color vibe with Instagram – my favorite Iphone app EVER. See the little reflection in the eyes? It’s what brings his eyes to life! Even in a phone shot.
have fun! If you have any questions, drop me an email!
Also, if you are just starting out – this is a great website to inspire you. They have photo challenges every week and it’s so much fun!