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Finding light project | Low light | Meghann Maguire Photgraphy

Bon fire night with super sized marshmallows, perfect for this months theme low light.

You'll find my friend Jade and her images here. She also has a few tips on how to take pictures in low light.

Finding light project - Rim light - Meghann Maguire Photography

Confession to make I only took 180 pictures last month. That's my lowest in years. My average is 1000. But as artists thats bound to happen a few times here and there. I've changed my focus in the last few month, but I'm so grateful that I have Jade to keep me inspired. I'm a little late with this months. Better late then never. 

This months theme in our Finding light project is rim light. This is when you place the light behind your subject. You create this bright magical halo that shines through your subjects hair and even all around their body.

It works best if your backdrop is darker, Like a tree line or fence. Exposing for this type of light can be tricky. Find little light leeks on the ground and position your subject in them.

Here is my play over the weekend just in my back yard. Time of day was not perfect and a little more challenging with the sun being pretty high. They were all shot with my fuji mirrorless camera at f/3.6 apart from the first 2 of my son they were at f/18. These are no really rim light, but thought they were neat.

Some of the ones with Addy in the tree don't really have any rim light either, notice how the background is the sky and the others where you can see a halo have a darker background.

Dont forget to check out what Jade did this month, she has some pretty cool ones. Link here.

Dont forget Jade.

Maybe your interested in learning how to capture your family naturally? Im now offering in person one on one mentoring sessions. Find out more here.

Frequent wonders - Launceston photograper

I know their are probably so many frequent wonders you have about this type of photography. I want to address one that I'm working on myself.

I don’t like how I look in photo’s. I’m not sure I could do the unposed thing. 

If you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos, and rarely ever make an appearance in them. Mostly I’m happy about this because I hate my picture being taken. I’ve recently been reminded in many ways, that life’s moments are precious. Think of your typical portrait. You are aware of the camera and that smile is forced. You may be stiff from a funky pose or uncomfortable having people in your personal bubble. Sure, there may be a uniform smile, but is there really any life inside of the image? When you are in documentary photos, your best self is being presented. We are our most beautiful when we FEEL good. Good can come in a variety of forms: laughter, peace, snuggled with our loved one, in our element doing something we love. The relationship we build is vital to the strength of emotion inside of the photos. 

You've been challenged!! - Launceston photographer


Complete this challenge for yourself, but also encourage your spouse to complete one as well. Let the kids answer some questions that they are able to answer. You may be surprised at some of the answers the kids give you! Go a step further and let your extended family know as well just for fun. It’s important to take your time and put real thought into each response. 

1. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the MOST VALUE, how do you value the following: