iPhone Fun | Week 3 | LIGHT




Light is everything!

Close your eyes and what-ya see? Walk into your closet {no lights on} and find the outfit you want to wear. Do you read a book with no lights on?

Your iPhone camera is just an extension of your eyes…And our eyes NEED LIGHT! There’s also good + bad light. Your phone camera will try to correct as best as possible, but you should always aim for “good” when you can. {That’s is everything you do really 😉 }

Find the GOOD in the {camera} world!


  • Overhead/noon sunlight
  • Artificial light
  • Back lightening {cell phone::can be tricky – Real camera::can do some cool stuff }


  • Open shade
  • Natural light
  • Facing the light / Reflecting the light

In case you’re a visual person, like myself, let me SHOW YOU what I mean by those opposites above… {Me overload – sorry, but I didn’t have any other posers in my house…Unless you count Charlie the cat, but when I let him outside he tends to run}

Noon/overhead sun VS open shade::

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Top Left:: Full noon sun {dark, squinty eyes}
Bottom Left:: Not facing full sun {wonky shadows + even darker eyes}
Right:: Stepped into shaded area {faced light with white snow reflecting light into my eyes}

These backgrounds will come back into play next week {blahhh}. It’s the ‘real life’ no edit – no filter teaching for you. But all that junk in my garage behind was KILLING ME. It was also minus 5-degrees that day and I was starting to lose feeling in my fingers, but it was also the first day in FORRREVER that we had sun so I had to make a run for it.

Artificial VS Natural light::

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Artificial Light:: In the back of the theatre lobby with a light directly over our heads. I REALLY want them to move their backdrop out front where it used to be…REALLYREALLY want them to move it back.
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Natural Light bouncing everywhere. Indoors, at home, before leaving to the theater, but I stood us where we had sunny light bouncing from front, side, and back windows. The bright white snow outside helps to ‘brighten’ the mood too 😉

Backlight VS Facing/Reflecting the light::

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Left:: Moved inside garage for open shade, but facing the sun. Garage floors work great as a light bounce for eyes.
Right Top:: Sun to my back, no eye sparkle, dark circles pop up under my eyes with overall dull snap.
Right Bottom:: Still backlit but moved to the edge of garage to get light + turned away from sun..but see my dark eyes + wonky shadows again?

There-ya go…Three lighting tips to shoot with this week. Practice some selfie shots + turn yourself around {and do the hokkie-pokkie}.

Practice makes us better, so give these three tips a try::

  1. Go outside on a sunny day and take 4 snaps {facing, side, back to light, other side}. See how it affects each of your shots
  2. Now find open shade {garage works great for this – minus the ugly dackdrop} take 1 shot facing outside + 1 shot facing inside
  3. Bonus… FOLLOW + tag @ShiningMomentsPhotography if you’re on Instagram or Facebook

Did you catch the first two weeks?

As always, thanks for peeking by, I know you’re busy! If you have ideas for upcoming blog posts PLEASE comment below or send me a DM on Instagram.



Currently Watching:: This Is Us {Brian’s been home this week so we’re catching up}

Currently Reading:: I’m starting two books this week…One for fun + one to learn:: Glass Sword {second book in Red Queen series & can’t put it down} and Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun {This one is for older Mama’s when things are starting to change}

Current Food Vice:: Chocolate covered pretzels {to my Trader Joe’s shoppers – RUN, don’t walk, run to get yourself this treat! And you’ll burn extra calories running there instead of walking ;)} Guilt averted 😆

I’m creeping in on 50 and now know that cutting everything yummy {and not-so-good for me} makes me miserable, and possibly everyone around me miserable too. So really, I’m helping OTHERS by eating these treats 😉

P.P.S. Next week we LEAP into iPhone Week 4::Composition {i.e. arranging the picture so you don’t put someone in front of a pole that looks like it’s coming out of their head + how to use an ugly garage as a backdrop}.


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