52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 31 - Umbrella

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Week 31 - UmbrellaWeek 31 - Umbrella This week your challenge is to show off an umbrella creatively.  Umbrellas have been used for centuries to protect us from the heat and sun.  They also keep us dry when it rains.

Umbrellas can also be used to diffuse light enabling you to achieve softer lighting in your images.  This can be achieved when using a white umbrella and your flash to shoot light directly through it at the subject.

On the other hand, a black/silver umbrella is used to brighten your subject.  The umbrella is black on the outside and silver on the inside.  This umbrella bounces light back from the silver part directing the light onto your subject preventing a washed out image.

For this challenge, you do not have to use flash, but it is something to think about.  You may want to prop a different light source in the umbrella or none at all.  But the image you take or create must have an umbrella in it.

It could be raining in the city and all the umbrellas come out to play.  Maybe if you are in sunny Queensland someone maybe using an umbrella to shade themselves from the sun.  If you are lucky enough you may see Mary Poppins coming to visit.

Again, when you find the subject you want to photograph, consider the background.  You dont want unwanted distractions hovering around there.  Think about the composition.  Dont be afraid to move around.  Take a few shots from different angles and view points and find one that best presents your subject. 

Use your imagination and above all, have fun. I cant wait to see what you come up with.


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