Ty Alexander Backlight-2

Everyone has someone in their family who is a faux photographer who has gone out and spent a little bit of their savings to grab the latest and greatest in photography equipment. Well folks, that’s me!


So much so that my friends have officially dubbed me the “Instagram selfie queen.” I have been in love with photographs since… forever! I can remember sitting for hours looking at old black and white photos of my family trying to guess the moments that happened before. Photographs are our sneak peek into the past. It’s how we keep our family memories alive.


The funny part about my love for pictures is that, while I’ve collected a few lighting equipment essentials, some of my best photographs have come from natural lighting. There are so many ways to creatively use natural light to add power and drama to your images. Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or you’re making magic happen with your iPhone, here are a few tips that will help you create incredible photos no matter what type of natural light you have access to.

Seek open shade for a softer light

Ty Alexander - oepn shade

Direct sunlight is great for lots of things, just not pictures of your family. If you’re admiring the perfect imbalance of the buildings in your city, sunlight is perfect. Capturing your loved ones? Not so much.

For the perfect natural light seek out a spot that is open shade. This will allow enough light for your picture but won’t appear as blown out as direct sunlight.

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