This week's Beyond Beyond exercise sent us on a hunt for 'right light' in our homes. I grabbed a glass full of brushes and took pictures by every window and at different times.
It has been a real light-bulb moment for me.
Usually I go for a (dog) walk to take photos. Preferably in the early morning hours to catch the soft morning light. I was really surprised at finding such bright and diverse light at home on a dull February day.
Here are some examples straight from the camera, no adjustments, just cropped. The evening sun added a lovely peachy glow.
But you can also add light. I've learned some fabulous tricks using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
- The original.
- Added the 'let there be light' Lightroom Preset by Kim Klassen - gorgeous light with just one click!
- Adding a gradient in Photoshop - like a blanket of light, the recipe is here.
- Following a Photoshop recipe wich includes the sybil texture - it adds a really beautiful yellow-green touch.
- Using a radial gradient in Photoshop.
- A little bit of radial light added by using the adjustment brush in Lightroom.
By the way, that's no texture in the background, it's just a window that needs cleaning. Lesson learned: I need more bare walls and white curtains without pattern for a neutral background, not easy for a surface pattern designer. :-)
P.S. Fellow Beyonders, I so look forward to visiting all your lovely links, better than Pinterest any day! Happy clicking...