Studio photographers rely on equipment to create masterpieces. Natural light portrait photographers, on the other hand, depend on weather and great timing to take stunning portraits. Relying on so many elements can get a little frustrating, especially if your creative mind is overflowing with ideas.
As a portrait photographer, I’ve found ways to enhance my pictures with the help of natural portrait lighting techniques. They have greatly improved my work, inspired me to experiment with more approaches, and given me more creative opportunities.
Your visions can come to life. Below are twelve ways you can use natural light to transform dull photographs into moody, dreamy, or magazine-worthy portraits.
Experiment With Shadows
Harsh light may not be ideal for simple portraits, but it’s perfect for creating intricate shadows.
Shadows have the potential to transform simple elements into outstanding works of art. The best thing about them is their accessibility. You don’t need to go far to find dappled light that will enhance your model’s features and make your images look stunning.
For gorgeous natural light portraits effect, use parts of nature to create shadows. These can be branches, plants, etc. There really is no limit to what you can use when it comes to shadows, so be as creative as you like! The more original your ideas, the more outstanding your natural light portraits will be.
If inspiration hits during a sunny day and you feel like taking indoor portraits, look for interesting materials to use. A few simple items you could use are hats, curtains, and flowers. This way, you can create and control your own shadows. It’s like having a temporary little studio of your own!
Create Panoramas to Highlight Atmospheres
Natural light looks appealing on people and objects alike. It gracefully lights up indoor spaces and creates unique atmospheres. Such environments not only make photos look original, but tell a deeper story about the model.
It’s not always possible to capture a subject’s surroundings with one shot. In cases like this, panoramas come in handy. I often use them to sharpen my landscape photography skills and photograph people at the same time.
The panorama technique involves taking photos of a specific area and stitching them together in an editing program. (Don’t worry, it’s very easy to learn!) Once you get the hang of this technique, you’ll always be on the lookout for visually appealing surroundings to capture. As a result, your portraits will bloom.