Tutorial Thursday- Finding the light

First off, thank you to Holly for allowing me to share some of my photos with her fabulous readers!!  I am obsessed with workshops and in my last one I learned about dramatic lighting.  Now, it turns out I’m obsessed with dramatic lighting.  This was always a technique that I was very intimated to try.  I was so surprised when I realized it was easier than I thought.  Basically, you want to keep an eye out for light that is fighting with the darkness.  I prefer a darker area with a small amount of light, however, some people prefer a brighter area where the darkness is a little more subtle.  Play around and see which you prefer. 

ISO 400, ss 1/250, f/2.2

ISO 200, ss 4 sec, f/4.5

ISO 200, ss 1/125, f/2


ISO 200, f/2, 1/160

ISO 6400, ss 1/160, f/2.8

ISO 1600, ss 1/125, f/3.5


Today is Tutorial Thursday, but we are actually doing more of an inspirational post from the fabulous click it up a notch. Hope you enjoy! Please contact me if you would like to be featured!

About the Author

My name is Holly and I am the editor/owner of This Mama Rocks. I am an Army wife and work at home mom. I have a little girl and currently am expecting a baby boy in April! I own a photography business and feel so blessed to be able to do something I love so much and still be at home with my children. At This Mama Rocks I love to review products for my readers. Products are always tested by me and my family. The views expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway by anyone. I love helping families find good products to purchase. Stop by during the week and find fun photography tutorials written by me and guest writers. A great way to build your photography skills!!

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  1. Ashley Sisk says:

    What a great article – I love Courtney and her work. When I realized that I could so easily set my exposure meter to a particular point, I was excited to see what dramatic lighting could do. Great piece!

  2. Christy F says:

    Great article, with doubly inspiring photos to illustrate the point!

  3. Robin says:

    Great use of light, nice work!

  4. Ashley says:

    Great article…love the lighting!