Back here I talked briefly about lighting and avoiding the flash/using natural light whenever possible.
I love natural light and I think, if at all possible, you should use it when taking your pictures.
You've probably noticed that the flash on your camera can be quite harsh and often gives people a "deer in the headlights" kind of look.
There is a lot of great equipment out there that can help you get rid of that harsh flash lighting,
soft boxes, reflectors, diffusers, umbrellas, etc...
And I've seen a lot of creative things done with white paper.
There are a lot of options out there to help you improve your lighting.
Do your research and find what works best for you.
Hopefully this post will help get you started!
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