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Why You Should Avoid Direct Overhead Lighting

Updated: Aug 8


Hey there, photo pals! From bananas to bulbs - let's shed some light on a real photography faux-paw, shall we? If you want to avoid looking like a wrinkly piece of fruit (and who doesn't?), it's time to explore why you should avoid direct overhead lighting. It's nasty! Trust us, you don't want your face to look like it's having a major shadow showdown with harsh rays from above. Let's break it down, monkey-style!

Direct overhead lighting is the sneaky culprit that can zap the life out of your face, leaving you looking as lively as a ghost at a party!


Those pesky shadows will play ring-around-the-rosy with your eyes, making you look like you pulled an all-nighter with a troupe of night owls.

Oh, but wait! There's more! With direct overhead lighting, you can also get that "ashy" look that screams "been chilling in a haunted house." Your skin tone may go from radiant to "uh-oh, I need to exfoliate" faster than you can say "boo!"

And the grand finale? Drumroll, please! Direct overhead lighting loves to turn innocent little wrinkles into the star of the show. Suddenly, those smile lines become deep canyons, and your face ends up feeling like a topographic map!

So, how do we dodge this lighting disaster like nimble little monkeys? Fear not, dear friends! Here are some savvy tips to master the art of good light hunting:

  1. Embrace the Natural: Mother Nature's light is pure magic, giving your photos that warm and fuzzy feeling! Shoot for soft morning or evening sunlight, and avoid flash like it's a banana peel on the floor. Check out our blog post below about the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour. It's lighting Magic!

  2. Reflect and diffuse: A reflector or a diffuser is your secret weapon to even out the light, and you don't need fancy gear. A white sheet, a mirror, or even some foil can do the trick! Get creative like a crafty monkey!

  3. Move: Move it, move it! If you're not loving the harsh overhead light, change your position or angle. Tilt that head, wiggle a bit, and find the sweet spot where the light adores you!

So, remember, my fellow photo adventurers, avoid the plague of direct overhead lighting like a mischievous monkey avoids baths! Use these tips to embrace the light that brings out your best, and you'll be picture-perfect every time! Stay snappy and keep those memories alive!

Ready to take your lighting to the next level? Say goodbye to wrinkly old fruit faces and hello to picture-perfect moments with Sweet Monkey Photography! Our expert photographers have the lighting tricks you need to look your absolute best!

Head over to now and book a photo-tastic, fun-filled experience that will make your next photos ones you will be proud of. As Southwest Florida's ultimate photography service, you can stop searching "Photographer near me" or "Cape Coral Photographers near me". Look no further. We are here for you! Don't miss out on this chance to capture the magic and create memories that'll have you swinging with joy for years to come!

There you have it photo friends. We hope you have enjoyed this blog as much as we enjoyed writing it for you. Thank you again for stopping in. We look forward to capturing your Southwest Florida experiences and turning them into memories that will last a lifetime.



Sweet Monkey Photography, LLC

Cape Coral, FL



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