Hi and welcome back.
Firs let me say happy Easter and Passover to all my followers and friends. it is a beautiful time of year, let’s make it safe, fun, and enjoyable with our families.
Now on to the post: The Natural Light Portrait
Despite my deep involvement in Off Camera Flash and regular studio lighting, I do use natural light.
The best thing about natural light is that it’s free! But you need to learn to take advantage of it to use it effectively.
Here’s my setup in my studio for a simple portrait:
And here’s the resultant shot:
For the purpose of this post, these images are direct raw to jpeg conversions with no photoshop or other enhancements. I want to show the difference between the two lighting scenarios in their raw form.
I didn’t like the hard light, so I covered the window shear with a white bed sheet:
The white sheet not only warmed the image a bit but it diffused the light enough to soften and enhance it in the room. Here’s the resultant shot:
What a difference just a white sheet to diffuse the light created in the final effect.
Now, with a decent exposure and soft light, I can process the image.
So add a white bed sheet to your kit and you’ll be delighted with the results when called upon to shoot in natural light.
That’s it for now. Till next time, happy shooting.