Janette Anderson Photography | 52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 36 - Natural Light Portrait

52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 36 - Natural Light Portrait

September 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This week your challenge is to photograph a person in natural light. And by natural light, I mean no introduced lighting, like strobes, continuous lighting, house light, lamps, street lights etc.  The only light you may use is that provided by the sun the moon, perhaps lightning, fireflies, glow-worms, maybe a fire lit by lighting but not one you lit yourself.

Probably, the most important thing about natural light photography is the quality of the light you will be shooting in.  Be aware of the various colours that daylight emits throughout the course of the day, and the effects it may have on your subjects.

The colour temperature of light is cooler at the start of the day and warmer in the evenings.  You may already have noticed that daylight starts off with quite an obvious blue tone just after sunrise, which gradually becomes a neutral white light towards midday, and then it gradually becomes more yellow and orange as it warms up during the evening.

The angle of the light should also be considered.  Shadows can be very powerful to bring out detail in landscapes and architecture, but they can also look terrible in a portrait if not used carefully.  In the middle of the day, the bright overhead sun can create hotspots on the face and dark shadows under the eyes, which are not flattering to the subject.

As strange as it may seem, an overcast day is often more desirable for portrait photography, as the soft light gives no harsh shadow on the face and it may even help with reducing wrinkles on the skin.  Which harder light may enhance.  Diffused window lighting and shooting late afternoon is soft and beautiful too.

Now find your subject and go out there and photograph a beautiful portrait.   Use your imagination and above all, enjoy yourself and have fun.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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