Controlling Natural Light


Controlling Natural Light

As we lighting geeks often say, “light is light.” Readers of this column know I’m a big believer in the importance of knowing how to use artificial light from strobes, speedlights and constant light. But through my involvement in several online forums recently, I realized I’ve been neglecting the very important and fundamental subject of controlling and shaping natural light.

Forums are a great place to take the pulse of the community and find out what people are thinking. After posting questions on several Facebook group pages asking what lighting challenges people needed the most help with, I was surprised by how many were asking for tips and techniques to help control natural light, specifically how to shoot in harsh sunlit conditions. It dawned on me that I’d totally forgotten to address these basic natural-light skills and had instead been focusing almost entirely on strobe techniques. The other common thread was that people wanted recommendations for tools to control natural light that were portable and affordable, and that would allow them to work without assistants.

Get the full story

To read the full article, launch the digital version of the September 2014 magazine.

Leave a Reply

Want more content like this?

Check out our recent posts

yt thumbnail natural soft studio light

Creating Natural Soft Studio Light with One Strobe

We’ll show you how to master the art of creating soft and natural light portraits using off-camera flash. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just starting out, this tutorial will provide you with valuable tips and techniques to enhance your portrait photography skills.

Read More »
yt thumbnail lens breakdown

Lens Breakdown // Getting Started in Portrait Photography

Are you a passionate photographer eager to capture mesmerizing portraits that truly speak volumes? Look no further! Discover the crucial role that lenses play in transforming ordinary shots into extraordinary masterpieces, and learn why investing in the right glass is paramount to unlocking your full creative potential.

Read More »