Any Pacific Northwest resident knows that the weather cooperates for no one. Be it a college graduation, a wedding day, or the Fourth of July, the temperatures swing from 96 degrees and no breeze, to a chilly and miserably 42 with slanted rain. As the author of a style blog, I have to create consistent content that can't wait on the weather to change. There are very few golden hours here in Portland during the months that aren't July and August. We're slave to early sunsets (4:30 p.m.) and late sunrises (8:30 a.m.) in the winter and there's not always a great time to get photos during those few daylight hours.
And so, rain or shine, we must take photos (or picnic, or play sports, or go on hikes - you name it, we'll do it in rain gear). There are a few terrible mistakes you can make when taking rainy day photos and there are a few tips to make those mistakes a thing of the past. Read on for more info on how to use BeFunky to help make your wet weather portraits/outfit photos/or blogging pictures a bit better than the weather is inclined to make them!
Indoor Photo Mistakes + How to Fix Them
Mistake #1: Indoor photos can be difficult to pull off due to the fact that your house, unlike a park, is full of things that can be really distracting in the background. Be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to clear an area of a mess, items laying around, or computer cords before taking photos. Also be aware that any photos hanging on the walls or shelves can show off whether your photo is crooked.
How to Fix It: If you can't move things around (like light switches or banisters), you can often crop or clone them out of a shot using an editing tool like the BeFunky Photo Editor. In the photo above I cropped and straightened the image to make the picture frame behind me less distracting and removed a stair rail and light switch using the Clone tool.
Mistake #2: Taking photos outside is always preferable because there's usually an abundance of natural light coming from all angles. Taking photos indoors often provides you with only one light source - a window or a lamp. Taking photos under the glow of a yellow or fluorescent light is never flattering. Using a flash indoors can also make you look harsh, shiny, or too bright (unless you have the right set up).
How to Fix It: Find your best source of natural light (usually facing a window that gets direct or indirect sunlight and remove all other sources of light like lamps or a camera flash. The more sources of light, the more confused your camera will be. Using natural light correctly can lessen the weird shadows and coloring a photo can take on indoors. The photo below shows the yellow light of an indoor light on the left and the bright natural light coming in through the window on the right.
Mistake #3: Editing indoor photos can be really difficult. The light can be strange and your normal editing tools may not cut in. Increasing the contrast and brightness on indoor photos may skew them even further away from the natural photos you're trying to achieve.
How to Fix It: When you're faced with a super tricky photo, try adding a black and white filter or decreasing the contrast! BeFunky has various filters that'll turn oddly colored photos into actually interesting black and white shots. As black and white photography relies on contrast, strange light can play well into that style!