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Ambient vs Natural Light

There are a lot of things that go into making a “picture perfect” picture. The three biggest factors for determining a snap shot and portrait are 1) Location 2) Lighting 3) Clothing/Styling . While it may naturally seem that the more light the better, that is not always the case. It is important to have good control of your light whether that be natural light, flash, or studio/strobe lights. When shooting with natural light, it is generally a good idea to turn off all ambient light (including nearby lamps) because it can cause unwanted color casts in your image. If you are shooting with flash or studio lights, they generally will overpower any overhead or ambient light in the room so it isn’t necessary to turn those off. Below is a comparison of the overhead light and just natural light coming in from the window.  Both of the images are SOOC (straight out of camera / no editing done) and the only difference is the bend in her knee and the overhead light. When I first walked into their room and saw how dark it was, it was a little intimidating and naturally I wanted to shoot with the overhead light on to provide more light. However, by turning the light off and working around the available light, I was able to get gorgeous natural colored images without any yucky casting to the tones!



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