Five ways to use light in your photography

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Light is a core component to photography, and we want to help you leverage it properly when taking pictures with the ZenFone 3 Zoom. These five lighting tips will not only help your subjects stand out, but also help you make the most out of the light available. All of the examples below were shot using the ZenFone 3 Zoom.

Light from the side

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Casting shadows generates a sense of volume and can highlight fine textures on your subject. This is key when wanting your pictures to look lifelike and three-dimensional. To that end, orientating light sources to the side will produce dynamic shadows. To make sure those shadows aren’t too harsh, a second light on the other side can help keep all of the details intact.

Use your flash

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The ZenFone 3 Zoom includes a true tone LED flash which can provide both cool and warm light to appropriately light a subject while keeping skin tones and whites faithful. Though you may be worried about using it when close to friends, there’s no more surefire way to get the sharpest photo in low-light situations. Tap the lightning bolt symbol in the camera app to switch flash between on, off, and auto firing modes. Even for selfies, the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s screen will light up at maximum brightness

Diffuse light for softer shadows

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Hard shadows can look great in the right circumstances, but more often than not, you’ll want to avoid them. They detract and hide key details of your subjects. To this end, you’ll want to make use of diffuse light. This is light that has been scattered by an object, such as drapes in a window, or overcast clouds when outside. You can even get clever diffusing the light from the ZenFone 3 Zoom; use a credit card to bounce the light to one side so it’s not overwhelming.

Use Low Light mode

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When firing the flash is impractical, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has an f/1.7 aperture, so it can perform admirably in low light. Additional camera modes for low light and night environments can dramatically improve brightness. Just tap the icon with four square to switch between camera modes. Be sure to learn more about taking great low-light photos here.

Capitalize on golden hours

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Early and late in the day are widely-recognized as the best hours for photography. With the sun low on the horizon, subjects will cast long shadows. This is an extreme example of the earlier tip about lighting a subject from the side, as your entire surroundings are enjoying the benefits of that angle. Despite a lot of extra exposure here, the light just after sunrise and before sunset is actually quite soft because it’s been more diffused through the atmosphere than at any other time of day. The cherry on top is the naturally warm quality to the light which can accent your subjects in a truly unique way.

If you’re ready to start shooting with these tips, you can learn more about what the ZenFone 3 Zoom camera has to offer over here. Looking to up your game a little more first? Check out our photography section for more tips and tricks.