3 Tips for Taking Light and Airy Photos

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Light and airy photos seem to have taken over the photography world. Their bright and soft aesthetic draws in viewers and creates a dreamy atmosphere. However, achieving this look can be challenging, especially when the lighting and weather conditions aren’t ideal. In this blog post, I’ll share 3 practical tips that will help you capture beautiful light and airy photos

  • Choose the right lighting conditions
    The key to creating a bright and soft aesthetic in your photos is to shoot in soft natural light. This light can be found during the golden hour, which is the hour before sunset or the hour after sunrise. The light during these times is warm and soft, casting a beautiful glow on your subject. If you can’t shoot during the golden hour, look for shaded areas where the light is diffused, such as under a tree or in an alleyway. Avoid harsh, direct sunlight, as this can create harsh shadows and overexposure.

  • Edit your photos properly
    Post-processing is crucial when it comes to achieving the light and airy look. When editing your photos, you want to create a soft and bright feel without overexposing or losing detail. Firstly, adjust your exposure, shadows, and highlights to create a balanced and well-exposed image. Then, reduce the contrast and increase the whites to create a bright, airy feel. Don’t forget to adjust the tone curve to achieve a gentle, lifted look in the mid-tones. Finally, use a light hand when adjusting colors and sharpening to maintain the soft and dreamy look. If you need help achieving this look, grab my mobile presets here.

  • Choose the right background
    When choosing a background for your light and airy photo, opt for light and neutral colors. This will complement the bright and soft aesthetic and create a cohesive image. This will help draw focus to the subject and create a beautiful and minimalistic look. When it comes to the background, try to find one that has depth and texture but isn’t too busy or distracting. If you need help guiding your clients with their wardrobe, you can grab my style guide here.

Capturing light and airy photos can seem daunting, but with these 3 tips, it can be achievable. Remember to shoot in soft natural light, edit your photos properly, and choose the right background. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create stunning light and airy photos that will capture the hearts of your audience. So grab your camera and start experimenting, and let your creativity run wild. Happy shooting!

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