If you're into photography, you know that light is key for capturing stunning images. And when it comes to light, natural light is a game-changer. 🙌 It's versatile and readily available for us to use.
Why Natural Light Rocks
- No special equipment needed! You just need your camera and your eyes.
- Brings out the best in your subjects with its depth and texture-adding properties.
- Always changing, so the possibilities for new compositions and styles are endless.
How can you use natural light for your advantage?
Photo by @enframe_eternity, edited with the coffee collection
Here are some concrete steps to take:
study the light - Take some time to observe the natural light in your environment and how it changes throughout the day. This will assist you in understanding how to take advantage of it.
Experiment with different times of day - Shoot at various times of the day to discover how the light impacts your photographs. For warm, soft light, try photographing during golden hour, when the sun is low in the sky.
Alternatively, try the first 10 minutes after the sun has completely set.
Use natural light sources creatively - Don't be scared to experiment with natural light sources. Shoot near windows, in the open shade, or with reflectors to alter the light.
Weather-Proof Your Natural Light Skills
- Cloudy days = perfect for portraits with soft, even light.
- Sunny days = harsh shadows, but use the light as backlight for added drama.
- Rainy days = shoot near windows to use the light and avoid the rain.
- Snowy conditions = snow acts as a natural reflector to brighten up your subject.
Even in Challenging Environments
Don't let dim rooms, direct sunlight, or enclosed spaces keep you from using natural light. Try these tips:
- Use windows or doors to let in light.
- Use a diffuser to soften the light.
- Supplement with a flashlight.
So go ahead, give natural light a try and watch your photos transform! Happy shooting!
Maja & Alex / Bitesandtickles