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How to capture the best of a scene by making the most out of natural lighting

There’s something about natural light that just makes a scene look more beautiful. Whether it’s the way the sun casts a warm glow over everything or the way shadows add depth and dimension, natural light can really make a difference in your photography and videography.

It can be beneficial to use natural lighting when you have the chance to for both your photographs as well as your videos and films. Let’s take a look at how using natural light will really help your production’s final results turn out amazing and a few tips and tricks on how to use it to your full advantage!

What are the benefits of Natural Lighting?

Why do you want to use natural lighting when it’s available over other types of lighting? How can natural light enhance your photography or videography? What are some tips for making the most out of natural light in a scene? There are many benefits to using natural lighting when possible.

You can read the differences between using Natural Lighting vs Studio Lighting in our previous blog post here.

Here are just a few reasons why natural light is great for photography and videography:

  1. Natural light is free! You don’t have to worry about buying expensive lighting equipment or renting a studio space with good lighting – natural light is always available and it won’t cost you a thing.
  2. Natural light is more flattering than artificial light. It can help to soften features and reduce shadows, giving your subjects a more natural and beautiful look.
  3. Natural light can add atmosphere to a scene. It can help to create a certain mood or feeling, whether it’s romantic, dramatic, or even eerie.
  4. Natural light is unique. No two scenes will ever have the exact same natural lighting, so you can always expect your photos and videos to look slightly different each time. This can be a great way to add variety to your portfolio.

How to make the most out of Natural Light

Of course, natural light isn’t always convenient or available, but when it is, you should definitely make the most of it! Here are a few tips on how to capture the best of a scene by making the most out of natural light:

1. Use the sun to your advantage.

If you’re shooting during the day, position yourself so that the sun is behind you and shining onto your subject. This will create a natural backlight that can really make your subject pop. Just be careful not to let the sun get into your lens, as this can cause flares and other unwanted effects.

2. Shoot during the “golden hour.”

The golden hour is the time just after sunrise or just before sunset when the light is soft and warm. This is often considered the best time to shoot because the light is so beautiful. If you can, try to schedule your shoots around the golden hour.

3. Use natural light to create contrast.

If you’re shooting in a well-lit area, you can use the natural light to create contrast by positioning your subject in the shade. This will make them stand out against the brighter background.

4. Use natural light to add atmosphere.

If you want to add a bit of atmosphere to your shots, try shooting in natural light that’s not too bright. For example, if you’re shooting outside on a cloudy day, the soft light can give your shots a dreamy look.

5. Be aware of natural light changes.

As the day goes on, the quality of natural light will change. The light may get softer or harsher, depending on the time of day and the weather. Pay attention to these changes and adjust your shooting accordingly.

6. Look for areas with diffused natural light.

This could be beneath a tree, next to a building, or under an umbrella. Diffused light is softer and more flattering than direct light, so it’s great for portraits.

Natural light is a powerful tool that can really enhance your photography and videography. By making the most of natural light, you can capture the best of a scene and create beautiful, atmospheric shots.

 

By following these tips, you can make the most of natural light and capture some truly beautiful shots. So next time you’re out shooting, keep these tips in mind and see how natural light can transform your photos and videos.

I’m having difficulty capturing the right natural light!

If you’re having trouble capturing the right natural light, there are a few things you can do:

1. Use a reflector.

A reflector is a great way to bounce light back onto your subject, especially if the sun is behind them. This can help to fill in any shadows and give your subject a nice, even light. Reflectors can come in all different price points, sizes, and shapes, so you can find one that fits your needs.

2. Move around.

Sometimes, all you need to do is move around a bit to find the best light. Try walking around your subject until you find an angle that gives you the light you’re looking for. A good rule of thumb is to have the source of light somewhere behind the person with the camera. It doesn’t have to be directly behind them as that can create shadows, but you don’t want the light source behind the subject as you capture the image.

3. Shoot at different times of the day.

The quality of natural light changes throughout the day, so if you’re not getting the light you want, try shooting at a different time. The light may be softer in the morning or evening, so those may be better times to shoot.

4. Use artificial light to supplement.

If you’re really struggling to find good natural light, you can always supplement with artificial light. This could be anything from using a flash to setting up some lights. That way you’re still using some natural light, just giving it a little bit of a boost with extra lighting options.

 

No matter what, don’t give up! With a little bit of patience and experimentation, you’ll be able to find the perfect natural light for your photos and videos.

Consider hiring a professional production company

A professional production company like C&I Studios can help you get the images and film that you’re seeking using natural light! We understand how to use natural light to create the perfect shots for your project.

We also have studios available for rent, as well as lighting equipment and other production gear available, so that you can have peace of mind having backups when natural light is unavailable.

Read: 19 Questions to Ask the Studio You are Booking for Your Next Production

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