52 Weeks of Awesomeness continues!

The challenge for Week 6 is “Natural Light vs Artificial Light”.

One of the most unexpected things about having Paxton is the outpouring of generosity from others. Brisa and I have been overwhelmed with gifts for Paxton from all across the country. Of all the gifts we received, this wooden personalized toy camera from Kayla is my absolute favorite! Her thoughtfulness astounds me. When I opened the box, I was flabbergasted. By far, it was the perfect gift for my son. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Kayla!

For my Week 6, Natural Light vs Artificial Light image, I wanted to showcase Kayla’s awesome gift and share the importance of light in photography. Regardless if you prefer to use natural or artificial light in your photography, your ability to find, sculpt and manipulate light is what separates photographers.

I photographed Paxton within minutes of each other using natural light and then using only artificial light aka flash. By adjusting my ISO from 3200 to 200, I was able to keep all other settings the same between the two images by adding flash. What’s nice about using flash/artificial light is that I can shoot at a lower ISO which means there is less grain/noise in the image. Plus, my two flash setup helped to make the reflections more prominent. Of the two images, I honestly don’t know which one I prefer. That’s what I love about photography…so many ways/perspectives to photograph the same thing!

Natural Light ~ 85mm | ISO 3200 | f/3.5 | 1/200

Natural Light

Artificial Light ~ 85mm | ISO 200 | f/3.5 | 1/200

Artificial Light

I used MagMod products to help with the artificial light image. These modifiers help to soften the artificial light. Here’s my setup!

Magmod Light Setup

The challenge for Week 7 of 52 Weeks of Awesomeness is “Siblings”! Excited to find your submissions via #52WoA on social media!

~ Chris

For more information about 52 Weeks of Awesomeness…

weekly photography challenge
After a 4 year hiatus, the La Brisa weekly photography challenge, 52 Weeks of Awesomeness, is back!!! As a photographer, sometimes you need to work on things outside of your normal day-to-day life and this weekly photography challenge is designed to utilize your personal experiences, your unique perspective and newly learned photography techniques to improve your photos. Weekly for the next year, I will be sharing my images with you. You’ll find my weekly photography challenge images on the La Brisa blog, instagram.com/labrisaphoto and facebook.com/LaBrisaPhotography!

52 Weeks of Awesomeness is for any photography enthusiasts of all skill levels and equipment. The goal is to have fun and learn a little bit more about photography along the way.

Each week, there is a new challenge to photograph based on one of three categories:

Personal – the best photographers use their own experiences to create unique photographs!
Perspective – view everyday objects in a different way to inspire your creativity!
Technique – learn various photography methods to make your images more dynamic and interesting!

For those of you interested in participating, PLEASE join me in this weekly photography challenge! The more the merrier! You definitely do not need to be a professional photographer, this is something you can easily do with your point and shoot, cell phone, ipad, etc. You can comment with a link to your image here on our blog or on our La Brisa fan page or you can tag La Brisa Photography in your image on your own FB page or use the hashtag #52WoA on twitter and/or instagram that way everyone can view each other’s photos!

All images should be created the week of the due date. A list of the challenges and their due date is below. Feel free to right click and save the list as a photo, or save the PDF on your computer or print it out.

weekly photography challenge

View and download 52 Weeks of Awesomeness 2017-2018 as a printable PDF by clicking HERE.

The La Brisa Aspiring Photographer Workshop FB group is where we will be discussing our weekly photos, sharing advice and offering critiques! Two rules of the group:
1) be kind. negative/unhelpful comments will be deleted.
2) be willing to share resources/experience/etc with everyone else!
Request to join the APW group by clicking – https://www.facebook.com/groups/labrisaAPW/

Check out my latest TOP TEN! post…TOP TEN Reasons Why I am Thankful for Photography!
Check out my latest Dear La Brisa post…Dear Photographers: “How To Prepare For Your First Wedding” By Chris Hsieh!

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