Monday, March 1, 2010

Why Natural Light

We prefer to photograph in natural light. There is a cleanness, a softness, a balance to it. Not that we are against studio lighting ... it most definitely has its place. When we need really tight lighting control, we go to the strobes or constant lighting. When we are on location with super little light, the same, we may have to reach for the artificial light sources to add that boost. But when there are choices on where, when, how ... natural light is just so much more pleasing to our eye.

We have all seen those awful shots, with a couple lit up by a strobe, ruining the mood and flattening the image. They look like deer in headlights ... augh!! And with today's digital camera technology, its just not necessary. The sensors on our cameras are getting more sensitive with every evolution.

The fun thing for us photo nerds, with the better digital and lighting technology, we are even starting to evolve away from our strobes back in favor of constant light sources in the studio and boosts on location. We don't have to bake our subjects under the super hot incandescent lighting anymore, we are using daylight-balanced florescent and longing for LEDs. And that is awesome, like with natural light, what you see is what you get. And you don't have to worry about the blinks and scaring the "heebie-jeebies" out of your subjects.

Will we still opt for Au Natural when we can? ... you betcha. It's nice to have options, but God does it best ... and it's the quality of light we always prefer.

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