Bright Spots in Photos

Bright Spots in Photos

Do you understand the impact of bright spots in photos? They can work for you, to enhance your image, or they can work against you as distractions. Watch this video to make sure you have your bright spots working for you!

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Are you looking for a quick way to polish up your photographs? Hi, I’m Julie from Ultimate Photo Tips, and for today’s Two Minute Photo Tip, I want to talk about bright spots in photos. The way that the human brain is wired means that you’re viewer’s attention is going to go immediately to the brightest thing in your photograph. Now, this can work for you, or it can work against you.

It’s working against you if the brightest thing in the frame is not something that you want your viewer to be looking at. For example, you may inadvertently have a lamp, or even a window, or a blank, white sky, or even a white object that’s not part of your story. If any of those are in your frame, that’s where your viewer is going to look first, so you need to think about recomposing.

Bright spots on photos can be distracting
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Your eye is drawn immediately to the bright sky in the top right.

Bright spots in photos can be distracting
© Julie Waterhouse Photography
Eliminating the bright sky keeps your eye on the trees and path.

Now, it can also work for you, if you arrange things so that your subject is the brightest thing in the frame. That way, your viewer’s attention is immediately going to go just where you want it to.

Bright spots in photos can draw attention
© Julie Waterhouse Photography
Here, the bright path leads the eye through the image to the lit trees at the end.

Make sure that you’re paying attention, and that you’re in control of where the bright spots in your images are!

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