Outside LED lights are perfect for adding ambience to your garden. If you are looking for the best way to photograph your new outdoor LED lighting and have so far struggled to find the perfect environment to capture them at their best, feel at ease that your troubles are now over. Here are a few simple changes you can make to capture your lighting in all its glory.
Make sure you’re using perfect natural light
Most people would assume that waiting until full dark would produce the best and clearest photo of the lights. But unfortunately, if it gets too dark all that will show in your picture is the light emitted, and none of the surroundings.
There is, however, a perfect time to photograph outdoor lighting apparently, as many have stated that the natural lighting perfection period lies somewhere between sunset and full dark.
It is best to set up early and take several practice shots to see the difference between the lights showing up in each shot. There will only be a few minutes of perfect light where your lights and surroundings will show perfectly, so make sure you shoot fast.
Don’t use your flash
It sounds fairly obvious, and rightly so. Using your flash will diminish the relevance of the lighting in the shot, and seeing as the lighting is the focus of your shot it takes the whole point away really. The lights themselves will be your flash, as will the fading sunset.
Change your camera’s white balance
Your camera’s white balance should be set to incandescent (or tungsten, if that is how your camera describes it) as if you’re shooting indoors without the flash on. You may need to fiddle with the white balance a little to perfectly capture the lights in the shot, but as the lights are tungsten based this will definitely enhance their shine. Also, if you’re going to include the sky in your shot, the tungsten setting will help you to capture it in a fantastic royal blue tone as the light balances out.
Fill your frame
Don’t make your lights the only thing found within your picture, as without any surroundings they can’t possibly hope to stand out nearly as well. Frame your shot well so that there is plenty to see around, but the light is clearly the main focus. A reflective foreground like water or maybe even a car bonnet reflects the lights back off it and causes an even more dramatic effect that earns your shot extra points by the second.
Make sure you check the camera’s LCD after every shot
Your eyes will not be able to process the changes in the lighting surrounding you as well as your camera will, so to properly monitor the changes in each shot make sure you check back on the camera and note how the fading light affects the shot. With this, you can alter your shot to perfectly enhance your lights’ performance, in a way that your own eyes wouldn’t have helped you to achieve.
Applying these changes to the way you take your photographs should definitely help you to achieve the results you’ve been looking for, and means that you can capture your brand new LED lights in your freshly gardened yard with pride that no man can match.