How are you finding things so far? All good or are you falling behind? You can always message me if you have problems or queries. Feel free to revisit any of the challenges any time you like. This week we are going to change things up a little. I know at this time of year everyone and everything sometimes seems a little crazy, it’s ok to take a few minutes for yourself a little time to lose oneself…or to shelf it and come back when things calm down. The classes are always up on the Dashboard, no rush.

White on white, on white...

This week we are going to find one beautiful ‘white’ thing... and experiment with shades of white, backdrops, composition, styling and of course lovely light. White is so calming…. like a breath of fresh air... gives me an instant sense of peace. It could be a flower, or a vase, a jug, a piece of cloth.

Choose your Hero...

Choose one thing, we're going to keep to shades of white, cream or neutrals. Perhaps it is a jug or vase, some pretty flowers, fresh or dried or even synthetic. Or what about Eggs in an egg carton, white crockery and linen, the list is endless - check your Pinterest Boards. This item is going to be our Hero subject.

Now add some depth using layers...

Try creating a make-shift table from boxes or a chair (or even a table lol) and placing a white sheet, tablecloth or fabric to cover it. Use a white wall as your backdrop, or a sheet of white cardboard or foam, even another piece of fabric, a white door. You can make some really cool backdrops with white Perspex too! Unclutter your background….. You want your ‘one-thing’ to take stage….. and stand out.

Now layer it up with some cheesecloth, linen, tulle or similar, even paper or napkins it does not need to be fancy. Just to add some texture and layers, but still, keep it simple and clean. Try to keep it to three layers. Don’t get caught up in to much busyness, this style is simple and elegant and clean, try a more modern twist.

Tip: Don't forget to be near a light source, like a window.

All Set…. Let's Begin…

Once you gather your props and drops, find your light (next to a window, but not necessarily in front of it, unless it is indirect sunlight), and set your scene, add your layer or two, take a photo, how does it look? Try shooting straight on, this might mean you need to crouch down, get down on your knees or a stool. Shoot from below and shoot from above, how does each look?

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Light & Bright NEUTRALS

ISO100, F1.8, 1/40 - 50mm Prime

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White on White,
on White

ISO100 F/2.0, 1/40 - 50mm Prime

White on White on White, Behind the Scenes
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A Behind the scenes look at the set up

A Behind the scenes look at the set up

Shooting tips for light and bright...

Are your images too dark or are they blown out? Now, let us look at some light metering in camera, up until now you have probably been using just whatever your camera is set up to use - right? If you have a DSLR they generally do a pretty good job on light metering, especially spot metering, which means that the camera checks the light on your focal point. But when you are shooting white on white, on white...this often all falls down.

Your camera tries to compensate for the extra light reflected from all the white and making your images darker. So this is where you need to play and experiment. Try putting your camera on Spot Metering (check your manual for your camera for HOW to do this) and then shoot with 1, 2 or even 3 full stops over what your camera says, without blowing the details out completely. You want to grab just enough details in the highlights and shadows. This is going to come down to trial and error. You need to have nice, even flat light, but do not lose the fine details.

Digital Photography School have an awesome post about Light Metering here

If you are on your SmartPhone or Point & Shoot, they are generally going to adjust at their own level, you can tweak them sometimes, try Googling your phone or camera and adjusting light settings and see what you can find. There is also Lightroom for Mobile which gives you great adjustments as well.

Bouncing the light, sometimes if your natural light is side light you can get intense shadows on your subject, not that that is bad, it just might not be what you want, try using a reflector or white card, or foam to bounce the natural light back onto your subject, to lift the light and show the details. Or perhaps you want things dark and moody, try moving your scene further away from your light source. 

Tip: If you are struggling with white on white on white, especially for focusing, try adding subtle colour tones, try to keep things light and airy and neutral in tones, creams, pastels, beige and off whites work well.

Tip: Don’t just set the scene and take one photo, move yourself around and captured different angles, different details, close up, pull back. On top, front on, slightly below, flat lay the possibilities are endless. Pick up various accents in the shot, like the peppercorns and chili flakes.

Don’t forget to post your photos with Hashtag #MyCreativeJourney #light&bright

~ Julz, xo