I’ve recently begun playing with different techniques of lighting in my photography since I felt like I was falling into a rut with my content. Typically my photos tend to be shot outdoors in natural lighting, with high contrast but with every detail in the photo visible. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s starting to feel old. The thing is, it’s nice to figure out what your style of photography is, and it’s even easier to fall into the habit of using it every single time. Why? Because it’s a safe bet. I know that it’ll be the perfect recipe to ensure that my content comes out nicely. But that doesn’t challenge me. And lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been settling.
Changing things up a bit, I decided to venture outside of the norm and to shoot indoors. I usually detest indoors because you never know how the lighting will interfere with natural sunlight, but it’s the challenge that I’m craving. I grew tired of monotony and wanted to learn something new, so I challenged myself to something simple – playing with shadows. And boy was it rewarding. Sure it was challenging at first, but after awhile I figured out what worked, what didn’t, what I liked, what I didn’t, and how I need to shoot to make sure that I was picking up shadows, but not losing the details of the image within itself.
Next up on the list of photography skills to learn? Bracketing and backlighting – both aspects that I’ve been very curious about for awhile, but definitely not experienced in. So I challenge you to go out there, break out of your monotony, and try something new. Make yourself feel uncomfortable and challenge yourself. You’ll find it very rewarding, and there’s always something new that you can learn!
Photography Credits: Allure of Simplicity