3 Tips for Finding the best light in 90 seconds + behind the scenes

We have all been there. You're in the middle of the session and you realize you need a different scene. Sometimes it's that the light changed and sometimes it's that you realize that it's not what you're looking for. Whatever the case, you need a solution and you need one quick. Afterall, your client is waiting on you! I had this happen to me at a recent shoot. Jenna and Jianna (two of my sisters) came along for a shoot so I could photograph Jianna for the #jbhomeworksessions and Jenna in her black dress. I ended up only having a few minutes to photograph Jenna, but they are still some of my favorite photographs! Why? Because they are full of the light and color that I love! So today I am taking you behind the scenes you share how I found this dreamy light in just a minute and a half!

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You are going to see two scenes in the same location. I am a firm believer that there is beautiful light wherever you are and you only need the eyes to see it. Scene 1 was a problem (as you can see), but scene two was beautiful!

SCENE #1: The Problem

This scene didn't have the color that I wanted and it had unwanted highlights. If a scene has either of these problems, it needs to get cut so I decided to switch it up. You can run into both of these problems when shooting too long after sunrise or too much before sunset. It was already 2.5 hours after sunrise, but I knew there was beautiful light somewhere! Jenna still looks gorgeous, doesn't she?!

Behind the Scenes - Choosing a Photo Location in 90 seconds on the Jordan Brittley Blog

Still discovering: the short journey to scene #2

I could see the second about 50 yards away. I could tell that it had the color that I was looking for, but I couldn't tell if there were any highlights that would be problematic. So we ran to the second scene (I was being serious, friends! We only had a few minutes)!!

Behind the Scenes - Choosing a Photo Location in 90 seconds on the Jordan Brittley Blog

SCENE #2: The Solution

This scene was beautiful. The amazing thing about beautiful scenes is that they give you the option to move and work quick. By spending time to find a great scene, you are really doing yourself a huge favor and giving your clients what they really want. Don't be afraid to switch things up if something isn't working!

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TIPS for great scenes

1) Use your hand

When I'm shooting, I like to walk around an area to look at all angles and examine the light. If you don't have time to look at all the possibilities, use your hand. Just hold it out in front of you and turn until you find the light that you want.

2) Look for specific colors

I love the way Fuji 400H photographs blues and greens so I look for those colors in nature when selecting a scene. This definitely helped me when we were rushed during this shoot! From a distance, I saw the deep greens and the sun just barely coming through the thick brush. I knew it would be beautiful!

3) Avoid unwanted highlights

In the initial location, I noticed that the road was really distracting because it just looked like a white line in the photograph. If I was shooting something more dramatic or in black and white, this would have been perfect! But since I was going for something soft and sweet, I chose a location without those distracting highlights.

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