How exactly does a person photograph bright and airy?
Great question! You’ve heard of moody photographers and light and airy, but what about bright and airy? How do you achieve the timeless, true to color look while keeping it bright? Here is your answer!
After shooting the last few years, these are the biggest 3 tips for learning how to photography bright and airy!
One of the biggest tips that I educate photographers on is to keep your f-stop (aperture) around 2.8 to 3.2. That way you are bringing in a good amount of light while keeping your image crisp.
Bonus points, keeping it around this setting still creates awesome bokeh in the background!
The brighter it is outside, keep your ISO low. If you are indoors and there is not much natural light, keep your ISO high.
So if it is bright outside, I keep my ISO anywhere between 100-200. Depending on the lighting situation indoors, 9 times out of 10 I will keep my ISO around 1250-2000. Anything more than that, you risk the image looking grainy.
Ideally, 1/200 or even 1/250 is a magic number for shooting bright and airy. However, it doesn’t always mean all lighting situations you will keep it on this number.
Here is the deal, every lighting situation is different. When it’s really harsh lighting outside, I prefer to keep my shutter speed around 1/640 or higher. However, most of the time, it’s easiest to have your shutter around 1/200 or 1/250 when the lighting is great!
It is important to remember when photographing bright and airy, to check your f-stop first, then ISO, then shutter speed. The reason for this is so that you can create a consistent look all of the time while you are shooting.
Also, when it comes time to edit, you will be able to edit SO MUCH easier because you will have a consistent shooting style!
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