Tips to use Natural Light to shoot amazing pictures at home!
Right now, we’re all spending a lot more time at home. Being unable to come out and take images is the biggest nightmare of many photographers. Even if you’re facing a global quarantine, you still have plenty of opportunities to pick up your camera, start shooting and enhance your abilities just by being inside the home itself.
We understand that you may be enthralled by all of the lights and lighting techniques available as a beginner photographer. You might want to try out different artificial lighting options. However, you may not have the financial means to purchase large, expensive artificial lighting to make studio-like images at this time.
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That’s when the best and more efficient alternative comes which is the Natural Light. It refers to any light produced by sunlight, is the most basic and important type of light. In other cases, ambient light (the light available in a given space) might be called natural because it is unaffected by the photographer’s lighting setup. This is commonly used to describe natural lighting that enters a room through a window.
Here’s how to turn any windowed room into a natural light studio.
- Always place your subject or object adjacent to the window light or in front of the natural light and not against the light side.
- Try to shoot at golden hour timings. By golden hour we mean the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky.
- You can also purchase a diffuser or reflector as it will come in handy while shooting with natural light. The diffuser and Reflectors are usually cheap and if you cannot afford them one can also use white thermocol board or chart paper.
- Focus on the direction. The sun’s movement affects the direction of light depending on the time of day. Because the sun is below the horizon at dawn and twilight, virtually horizontal at sunrise, and highest and nearly vertical at midday, shooting at these times of day yields vastly different results.
- Turn off the lights. Skin tones, in particular, might appear strange when artificial and natural light are combined. Simply turn off all of the electric lights! You can maintain your colors natural-looking while focusing on a single natural light source this way.
- Use a light-catching backdrop for your shoot. A white backdrop, in particular, will help catch the light and reflect it onto your subject.
- A mirror can also be a good prop for your shoot. As it controls the natural light. Just make sure while using such a prop, try not to capture your reflection.
- Use the curtains. While shooting if you notice that the natural light is too harsh, curtains can then become very helpful in diffusing the light.
We hope all these tips help you to have a perfect shooting experience with natural lights. To know more about such related topics, go through our blog section. Here are one such other blogs on tips for photographers- https://www.meghnarathorephotography.com/5-important-tips-for-photographers-to-click-better-photos-of-babies/
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