Quick Photo Tip – Have Your Subject Face the Light!

I had a Senior shoot last weekend, and I wanted to show you the difference positioning your subject can make.  I am a huge advocate of getting things right in camera – it means less editing for us!!  Here is a quick tip…


Quick Photo Tip - Have Subject Face the Light

What a difference a few small steps can make!  The lighting on her face is pretty and even in the second shot because we moved her to the edge of the light.  We positioned her face towards the light so it wasn’t garbled in the shadows, like in the first photo.


When you’re out shooting, pay careful attention to the lighting on your subject.  It will make the difference between ‘I’ll-fix-it-later’ shots and ones that come out of your camera almost ready to give to your clients!  The less editing we have to do, in my opinion, the better!


The images above are straight out of my camera.  Of course there are a million ways to edit a photo, but here is a 30-second clean edit (if you’re in your computer’s browser, you can rollover the image for the Before and After):


The steps to my 30-second edit:

1.  Ran my Kick it Up action, reduced opacity to about 80%.

2.  I added creamy highlights with a color balance layer.

3.  I ran my Multiply Vignette action (painting out the subject), and reduced opacity to about 40%.

If your starting image is well lit, you can get away with very minimal editing and still end up with a polished picture.

Thanks for stopping by!

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5 Responses to Quick Photo Tip – Have Your Subject Face the Light!

  1. I am in love with your website. The information is fantastic. The actions are amazing. Everything is so helpful. I have used your creamy light action a dozen times on newborn pics and love the results. thanks for everything!

    • Angie says:

      You are welcome, Lyndsy! :) Thank you so much for the compliment. :) I’m so glad you found something helpful. I really appreciate you stopping by and letting me know!

  2. Jess says:

    Great tips! Any pointers on how to avoid glasses glare? Both of my kids wear glasses, and I have a hard time getting light on their faces without creating a glare on their glasses!

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