THE SOULS: A Creative Playground

CRUSH CREATIVE TIP: Editorial-worthy Photos

BY IN CRUSH Creative Tips

When it comes to taking photos, light is ALWAYS your best friend. Here are 4 illuminating photography tips by expert image taker, Candace Sheets.


#1 Shoot at ‘Golden Hour’

‘Golden hour’ is the hour before and after sunset (or sunrise). The light is really beautiful; it has that warm, soft, golden hue; and the shadows are long. Take your camera off of Auto White Balance, and your subjects will glow.


#2 Find Some Open Shade

If you’re shooting in the afternoon, find some open shade under a tree or next to a building, to avoid the harsh mid-day sun.


#3 Get the Bluest Sky

Shoot with your back to the sun to get the bluest sky.


#4 Dare to Flare!

Set your camera to Aperture Priority (AV); increase your aperture to f/16 or higher; increase your ISO to 400; and your camera will pick the Shutter Speed for you (meter on your subject, not the sun). Shoot at the sun—sun flare.

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I’m the creator and founder of several Portland-bound companies—from the old Curiosity Group and Scout Creative, to the newly spun off Crush Creative and its sister company, Foto Crush (our stationery and photo card product line). The Souls blog series is based on my love of all things creative.

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