I have been guilty of relying on the flash of my camera, in order to create the best pictures of myself. I even purchased the Lumee case for my phone…if that doesn’t tell you how obsessed I am with lighting, nothing will. In my modeling days, lighting was everything, and I just naturally took that with me throughout my life. Well, I am going to show you some ways that you can use natural light to your advantage, and come up with even better images!
First things first, do not turn on the flash on your camera, no matter how tempting it is. This can lead to distortion of your images.
Use the sun to your advantage, but find a well shaded spot. Try your best not to shoot on a cloudy day, because then you will be forced to edit the blueish hue that your image will have. You also may look extremely washed out.
The golden hour in photography is the best time to shoot! This is right after sunrise, and right before sunset. During these times, the sky takes on a reddish hue, and your images will be destined to be breathtaking.
If you are shooting indoors, make sure that you are close to the point of light entry. This would be a window, doorway, etc. Also, make sure that all interior lights are turned off, as this can negatively affect your pictures.
For those of you that are shooting with professional cameras, set the white balance to the auto setting, and ISO to about 350. This will ensure that you get clearer pictures.
If your goal is to achieve bright images, then a light reflector is necessary. This is not imperative, but it can definitely make a difference in the end result of the image.
Shooting in natural light can be even more beautiful than shooting with flash and the full on production of lighting. Don’t worry if in the beginning, you may not come up with bright/crisp images. As they say, the power is in the editing. You can always add just the right amount of pop to any picture that you desire. So, don’t ever say never to using natural lighting in your shots!