I want to save you, my friend, from this squinty group picture and give you some great tips on how to find good light. Your Aunt Merna will love you!
1. Finding good light in the middle of the day
In the middle of the day the sun is directly above us which does not give us flattering light for pictures. Instead we get high contrast harsh uneven light like this:
|This is me in 2015 btw. Don't judge my facial expressions ;)|
During this time of day, the best thing to do is to find a large shaded area to position your subject like the side of a building or under a group of trees. The light will be much more even and soft in the shade like this:
2. Finding light indoors
When indoors, find a window and angle your subject towards the light like this:
3. Don't put your back to the light
Unless you know how manually set your camera's exposure settings, don't put your subject's back to the light. Your phone or camera's auto settings will likely end up giving you a picture with either your subject as a silhouette or your background blown out and way too bright. Instead go find that shade!
4. Wait for Sunrise or Sunset
About an hour after sunrise and about an hour before sunset are what photographer's refer to as the golden hours. We love it, we chase it, we obsess over it. And for good reason - its the most gorgeous lighting EVER!!! During these times, the sun will be shining on your subject at an angle (from the side not the top like during midday) giving you some pretty dreamy light to work with.
Now go use your new knowledge and powers for good, amaze everyone with your selfie taking skills, and show off your best lit lunch on insta ;)