This week I decided to try and push myself to do something that scares me...Shooting in harsh lighting! I can shoot in the "Golden Hour", that gorgeous hour and half after the sunrises and before the sunsets, and in the shadows or filtered light till cows come home, but harsh lighting is a whole other animal. I am sure you know the kind light I am talking about... The type you get around noon outside on a nice bright summery day without a cloud in the sky. It make a gorgeous day to enjoy and look at, but as soon as you go to take that picture everyone's faces has weird shadows under their eyes, nose and chin and they are really dark to boot!

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Now every photographer has his or her own tricks for shooting in this type of light. The most preferred is to y'all out of it! lol When that isn't possible then you start seeing those fun light set-ups start to appear or reflectors of some sort. A mentor told me the other day she actually used a grease pizza box for a light source once!

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Bellows WEB-8900

I however am not big fan of light systems for my own work and can't see myself trying to whip out and wrestling with a reflector for the type of style I shoot. It's a little too off the cuff and fast paced for that. That left me with one option..... conquer it the old fashion way! Practice practice practice!

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Bellows WEB--2

Thankfully Hawaii has an endless supply of sunny days and they are brighter then most! It also just so happened that my Sister-in-law invited us to join them on the beach over the weekend and I saw not better time then that to get to it.

I definitely feel like my experiment was a success, but as with all things all only time and more work will tell for sure.

If you liked hearing about my challenge this week pop on over to Damara's Page and see how her's went!

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