I love autumn and winter. I love colder weather with jumpers and hot chocolate. I love early nights where it’s fine to just curl up in your pyjamas with a good story.
However, the change in the light brings challenges with it for a year long photo project. You get quickly used to the light of the spring and the summer. You fall in love with the early autumn light.
Then all too soon come the dull, dark days of winter, where unless you want to take a photo in the dark, you are restricted to indoor photography (or running home after work screaming that you will get a photo in before the light goes!)
Putting together a reasonable photo outdoors isn’t too difficult in my house, as we have a large, awesome garden. Even bad weather doesn’t stop me going outside if the light is there!
Putting together a photo indoors isn’t so easy for me, and my light tent and IKEA desk lamps definitely don’t do as good a job as I would like! (Things I need to invest in still: a decent light set up!)
Certainly for me, as a relatively inexperienced photographer, getting the lighting right is hard. Outdoors makes that easier, but when you are just using whatever light you have to hand in the house, it’s difficult not to have to change your photo based on your available lighting.
I’ve taken some time to play around with lighting, but I end up frustrated a lot of the time. Take this photo for instance. I wanted to light the house up from inside so it looked like she was just getting home from work. I’m not sure how well this was conveyed though.
If I take a photo in the kitchen, it will be very warm as the lights are soft and the walls are terracotta. Sometimes, this can be a good thing (and who doesn’t love custard cream coloured photos!)
All this makes me somewhat less motivated to take my 365 photos at this time of year, as I have to put a lot more work into it. And after being at work all day, I like simple. Add to this that as the end of the project approaches, I am struggling for ideas of what to shoot and motivation is a little low this month! I’m hoping that Santa will encourage me some more but most of all, I can’t wait for the long days where I can head to the garden after work for my LEGO adventures, or at the very least, make use of some natural light again!
How do you deal with photography in the dark days of winter? Leave me a comment below and let me know! All advice welcome!