The wrap up: Light 'Em Up

Last week saw us get creative with fairy lights, candles and wonderful apps that add light to our images. Our magical mentor Judith Khlk really inspired some magical edits and championed us all to find the light within. We were blown away by the quality of the entries tagged #cs_lightemup during the week and we saw some fresh faces join our community too.

If you’ve just joined us, this month we are learning all about light - how to find it, work with it and use it creatively to enhance our visual story storytelling. Each week during June we are focusing on a different aspect of light. We chased it in our first week, we took a moody turn for our second week and our third week saw us experimenting with ways to manually add light to our images. Even if you missed the challenge week we put together some great resources and tutorials which you can access any time.

Missed week 2? Catch up on all the resources and see the entries from #cs_inthemood

Top tips from our special guest mentor

We invited a special guest Judith Khlk to guide and mentor us during the week. Judith lives in Dubai and makes the most of her diverse setting. She also has a beautiful talent for creating magic in her images by adding a little sparkle. Find out more about Judith.

During her mentorship Judith shared some great tips with our community. Here were some of her top recommendations for adding light to your image:
1. My top tip of capturing beautiful natural light outdoors is to wait for the golden hour. The moment the sun is so low everything is covered with warm soft light is just magical.
2. Use battery operated fairy lights! I will put them in jars to add depth or to light up a small area.
3. Don't be afraid to add luminosity in the editing process post production. Choose the mood you want to create and emphasize on that. Follow the natural light in your photography for an authentic feeling. You can always add bokeh, lense flares, sparkles of fairy dust for the extra tad of magic.
4. Bokeh Cam Fx or KiraKira+ are wonderful to add light spots and sparkles on your phone.
5. When editing in Photoshop I like to use Overlay images that can be purchased on Etsy and many other platforms. They come in usual with a black background and when the blende mode is changed in Photoshop they turn transparent.

And a bonus tip for when working with your little ones…Just go with it. Don’t expect a certain picture, what I’ve really learned is that you rarely get the picture you want with kids but you get many, many better ones if you go with the flow. Give them something to hold and see how their play evolves. And if you have a wild child like me capture them sleeping. That’s actually the only time I can adjust, reshoot and rearrange the setting of a picture.

A clever play with proportion by  @isabelvargem

A clever play with proportion by @isabelvargem

An unexpected capture by  @odds_and_ends_photography

An unexpected capture by @odds_and_ends_photography

The fairy lights cleverly add sparkle to this flatlay by  @astokes_photo

The fairy lights cleverly add sparkle to this flatlay by @astokes_photo

Some magical captures from  @sundayswithsavy

Some magical captures from @sundayswithsavy

It is so wonderful and dreamy, I wish I could visit this magical scene in reality.
— Judith Khlk
The magical capture Judith is speaking about by  @andwhetherpigshavewings

The magical capture Judith is speaking about by @andwhetherpigshavewings

The subtle bokeh effect used by  @thefashionmommy

The subtle bokeh effect used by @thefashionmommy

A beautiful candlelit vignette by  @pears39

A beautiful candlelit vignette by @pears39

Our founders. Ruth, Scott and little Jett, got in on the lit action too. Shared by  @thecontentcreative

Our founders. Ruth, Scott and little Jett, got in on the lit action too. Shared by @thecontentcreative

Thank you to everyone that played along with our theme and experimenting with adding light to your captures. If you want to keep the lighting momentum going, check out our last challenge for the month The Dark Side along with some resources to help you get in the shadowy mood and get inspired.