Professional Photography Tips: The Power Of Natural Light

Power Of Natural Light

From the beginning of my photography career  I have know that light plays a very important factor.  You have to know exactly what angels to position your lights to get the effect you are looking for.  As I begin to experiment with different types of light I found that natural light works the best for me.

Yes you guessed it… Photography is all about light. Unless you have a studio setting with lighting, for most photographers that means natural light. Your ability to observe and utilize light and adjust your subject and settings accordingly can make or break your pictures. Learning to “read” the light and use that knowledge to take beautiful pictures is truly an art that can takes years to master, but there are some simple lighting tips that even beginners can follow to improve their photos.

Yes, I know artificial light has its place in photography but right now I would like to give you three reason why natural light is so much better.

1. Its Simple

When doing portraits, simplicity is key.  When I go on a portrait shot I just bring my camera and a single lens.  Yep, thats it…. No need to bring the heavy equipment along.  I am able to focus more on building rapport with subject and composition.

2. Convenance

Oh yeah… the word “convenance” never sounded so good… It is so quick and easy to move from one location to the next when you don’t have to carry around the heavy gear.

3. No Flash

I don’t have to deal with flash settings which can be a pain some time.  Oh how I love natural light!

It’s a fact though that life happens during the day. There is always going to be that soccer game, trip to the beach, or picnic that you want to photograph. If you must shoot in harsh midday sun there are a few things you can try. This may seem like stating the obvious… but look for shade! There is often a shady place where you can place your subjects. Be careful under trees though because you want shade that provides even coverage of your subjects – you do not want to create a checkerboard effect.

Lovely Cloudy Days

Shooting outdoors on a cloudy  day provides cool, soft light. It is important to choose the correct white balance for these cool light conditions. If your subjects are shaded by foliage, you may see a greenish tint in your photos. You will need to correct this color casting in post processing. Although shadows are not an issue, the gray nature of the sky on a cloudy overcast day can make for a dull picture. Look for opportunities to catch the sun peeking through the cloud cover – illuminating your subject if only for a brief time.

7 Tips for natural Light

  • 12 tips for indoor natural light photography. Working with natural light indoors can be a little tricky. …It’s all about the windows and doors. ..

  • Turn off the lights. …

  • Shoot in Aperture Priority mode. …

  • Choose your White Balance. …

  • Use a light catching backdrop. …

  • Use a light box. …

  • Use a reflector.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. This is very informative. From this article, I have learn the power of natural light to artificial one. I have also learn seven tips to natural light

  2. Thank you for sharing these tips. I never know which settings to use. I’m going to play around with this today as it’s finally nice enough to take some outdoor pics 🙂

  3. People underestimate the power of GOOD lighting. It’s literally everything!!!

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