Natural light is beautiful and can give you incredible shots if you know how to use it. But should you limit yourself only to the natural light? Photographer Jason Lanier discusses this matter in a very honest and objective way. As a photographer who used to shoot only in natural light and later learned artificial lighting, you’ll hear seven truths about being a “natural light photographer.”
This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure* of attending my daughter’s second (she and I agree last) dance recital.
In what can only be described as a three and a half hour long gong show featuring 56 acts – non stop – it was still an important accomplishment for her, so of course it was up to me to at least snap a few obligatory family photos.
It turned into to interesting lesson on natural light photography and photographing kids that I thought I’d share.
I will admit that I am a little snobby when it comes to anyone who proclaims to be a “natural light photographer”. To me “natural light photographer” essentially equals “beginner that doesn’t know how to use light”.
However, with a little influence from a certain ruthless stock editor 😉 some of my work has been evolving into a more natural and organic look, and I have to admit I am really starting to enjoy the simplicity!
In this article, I am going to describe how I used natural light to photograph this series of photos of a woman practicing the cello and discuss some of the characteristics of natural light photography.
Some of you may be old enough to remember the 1992 US presidential election between Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr.
One of the key mantras for the Clinton campaign was the phrase “The Economy, Stupid”, which was meant to remind the campaign team that the economy was the crux of the whole election.
So, what does the election of Bill Clinton twenty one years ago to be the President of the United States have to do with photography?
Nothing – it’s just an interesting back story.
But, now that you’re paying attention, I’m going to apply some political spin, and the famous “It’s The Economy, Stupid” phrase to photography:
It’s The Light, Stupid.