My 3 Favorite Lighting Situations

Education, For Photographers

Nov 23, 2018

This post may seem like I am talking about indoor light or off camera flash but its actually all about..

NATURAL LIGHT!

Shooting in natural lighting is my go to because it creates beautiful skin tones, doesn’t cast color on my clients, & keep the images true to life! I always get complements and questions on how my images come out so bright and airy but also with that pop of color! The secret is always light. I ALWAYS shoot for light versus any background or location situation.

So as photographers we need to know what GOOD light is and how to find it! Here I’m going to share my 3 ideal lighting situations and how it creates beautiful images. Its one of the main things you should MASTER before anything else!

#1 OPEN SHADE

Open shade is everyones best friend! It ensures that there is EVEN light on your clients! This is when both you AND your clients are in shade. Ideally the sun should still be coming from somewhere behind your clients so that its not too harsh on your clients. This in NOT spotty shade, that is a different type of lighting scenario! Keep in mind there are NATURAL reflectors, also called secondary light, that can help create even light on your clients skin that doesn’t have color cast. This would be like the light gray concrete above, white sand, a light neutral parking lot, etc,. When looking for this light look for porches, an area with A LOT of tree coverage, or the back or side of a building!

 

#2 DIFFUSED LIGHT

 

Diffused light is another scenario where you have to make sure both you AND your subject are also in the shade. This kind of lighting requires something to be blocking or diffusing the sun from BEHIND your clients. More than likely this would be a tree doing that creating spotty light on the ground around your clients. BUT the key is not to create “hot spots” or patches of light on your clients body. Always make sure that your clients are properly exposed in camera because that is always the NUMBER 1 thing that is important in an image!

 

#3 GOLDEN LIGHT

This is my FAVORITE type of lighting! It creates that gorgeous GLOW that is BEHIND my subjects. This is why I ALWAYS have my sessions held either 2 hours AFTER sunrise or 2 hours BEFORE sunset. This is when the sun is at the lowest point in the day. You will need something blocking the sun so that it doesn’t enter into your lens! In the image above the trees are blocking the sun from creating sun-flare! This is also when natural reflectors are SO important so that the FRONT of your clients are evenly exposed. That golden light is beautiful and I save my favorite outfits and locations for last because of this!

 

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