Seeing Light, Creating Mood (part 1: Natural Light)
Understanding light is one of the most important things a photographer must grasp to create an image. Notice I’m saying “create” and image. Anyone that can pick up a camera can capture an image. This does not make them a photographer. There’s a ton of so called “Natural Light” photographers on Instagram. I look through their photos and can immediately tell why they call themselves natural light photographers. Truly, they set the camera on automatic, go outside, or find a window and start shooting. That's pretty much how I started too. But, they haven’t a grasp of how to bend or control the light to sculpt shapes or flatter a subject, and neither did I. It took years of studying and practicing to master the control of light.
In the first part of this lighting post, I will show examples of well controlled natural light under different circumstances. The idea is to produce light that the human eye accepts as natural light.
All images in this post are black and white so you can see the light and shadow.
These first images were created with natural light only.
This next set of images are created with natural light, but modified in some way to produce the desired mood or effect.
As you can see, once you know how to control natural light, you can make it do pretty much any desired effect with little to no equipment.
In part 2, I will cover how I created some of my favorite shots with artificial light and strobes, with a look that simulates natural or room lighting.
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