There are countless ways that you can take better photos but lighting is a simple concept that can truly make all the difference.
From wedding and engagement photos to family and newborn shoots, using more natural light is one way to take your photos from good to great.
While ambient light is usually created by camera equipment, natural light is generally any light that has been created by the sun.
If you have an upcoming photo shoot that you would like to better plan for, here are some tips for using natural light to take your best photos yet.
Schedule your photos around natural light. Ideally, your photos should be scheduled around natural light instead of hoping that you’ll be able to get the best possible light. The time when the sun is lower in the sky is when you’ll get the best shots. This means in the summer your sessions can be late like 8pm!!
Be on time for your photo session. There is only a very small window for getting the best shots using natural light so if you have scheduled a photo session for sunset, make sure that you’re on time.
If at all possible, always head outdoors. When it comes to shooting family portraits, many people opt to stay at home or head to a studio. But if at all possible, always choose an outdoor location for your photos regardless of the theme. The natural light will give your photos an entirely different look and feel.
Stay near windows. If you do have to take photos inside, choose areas that have the most windows in order to incorporate as much natural light as possible into your shots.
Use water and trees to your advantage. If your location has a lot of trees or a small body of water, use these backdrops and natural light to your advantage. Take a few photos in front of trees where the light is streaming through the leaves. If there is water, use the sunset and the reflections it creates in the water to give your photos a romantic and intimate touch.
Use the shade if you need to. If the only time you can take photos is during a time when the sun is harsher, use shade of trees to soften the light and avoid any squinting.
Your photographer is a pro at working with lighting and will best be able to advise you on the right time to book your shoot as well as give you some great location ideas that will help you take advantage of natural light.
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