Garage Light – Photography Tips

Now that its not a  minus a million in Calgary anymore, and you can go outside without freezing to death (I am only slightly exaggerating – we just had our warmest day in the last 129 days and still had to wear jackets), I wanted to show you a quick tip for gorgeous light….right in your garage…

Seriously, garage light is the best. It creates soft, even light,  amazing catch lights and great fall off in your shadows. I typically shoot nearer to the front and drop my exposure a bit to get deeper shadows.

Look at this. Right out of the camera, no editing.  My youngest son “as is” – shirt inside out, dirty and remainders of lunch on his face!  BUT do you see the light in his eyes and how he pops against the background (well except for the white ladder). I purposely didn’t move anything in the photo to clear the background, because I just finished cleaning the garage (an optional step) and was way too lazy to be moving a thing. If you know me at all, you know how much I hate clutter in backgrounds, so I resisted all my OCD tendencies here…..


Here is where I ended up. I chose a very very simple black and white conversion and only processed it in LightRoom.  I used a clone brush to clone out some of the ladder you could still see, and take the food off his face, and a brush to increase the clarity to make his hair and freckles stand out.  The wind which hit at the perfect time was a bonus 🙂


Go out and try it tomorrow and show me your favs!!


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