Why You Should Take Photos in Your Garage!


If you’re looking for a way to get great natural light photos that really make the eyes sparkle and skin look bright and beautiful, you might want to consider a fun photography trend: taking photos in your garage! It sounds strange, but taking photos just inside a garage with the door open makes for absolutely fabulous shots!

The set-up is super simple:


You can set up your backdrop any way that works best for you. Although if you frequently use backdrops, I would invest in a stand such as this. It's a Savage Port-a-Stand and can be purchased on Amazon. It's been great to have for portraits and smaller group shots.


You can see that I placed the stand about 5 or 6 feet in front of the light coming into the garage. If you have direct sunlight coming into your garage, do NOT place your subject directly in the light. You want them to be just in the shadow of the garage, facing out to the light.


I placed my subject (my cute little Ryan) about 2 feet in front of the stand. The closer you get to the garage opening, the more light you're going to get on your subject and the bigger catchlights you'll get in the eyes.


And here's the result:


Settings: 24-70mm f/2.8 lens; ISO 200; 1/800; f/2.8

You can see how soft and evenly the light shines on his face and just creates a nice, natural glow. And here's what I mean about catchlights in the eyes:


I love how his eyes absolutely sparkle–I did NOT enhance them at all in Photoshop.

So that really is all there is to it. A super simple concept with amazing results. If you don’t have a garage, you can also get the same effect in an open doorway. Just open your door to the outside and have your subject stand in the doorframe. Try it today and play around with different poses and positions to get the best lighting angles.

~ Elisha Snow