Using Natural Light For The Best Pictures


Golden hour has long been a preferred time for portrait professional photographers to take to the great outdoors and bask in the night’s golden radiance while catching their subjects in warm, lovely light. Golden hour light can be so good on its own that a photographer must take care when adding light to refrain from doing more harm than good. Let’s discuss working with natural light at golden hour.

Natural light is complimentary and ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ so it’s an outstanding beginning point for those just starting their undertaking in picture photography. Nevertheless, it’s important that once a professional photographer has actually advanced to a place where they feel comfy utilizing flash that they always remember the best ways to go back to essentials and work without. It’s surprisingly typical for photographers to grow so familiar with using flash in all their work that they feel unpleasant without it, but for optimum adaptability, you need to be able to work with any lighting scenario.
While shooting, keep in mind to keep the end product and your camera’s constraints in mind. Keep in mind that, to a point, shadow recovery is going to provide you a lot more freedom than trying to recuperate blown highlights. With this in mind, shoot with a predisposition for maintaining highlight detail.
DO N’T RUIN THE LIGHT

The reason we are discussing dealing with only natural light at golden hour instead of combining it with flash is that we want to keep the natural light’s character and not destroy its subtle nuance. Often reflectors are utilized to for fill-light, but do wield that light sensibly.
BACKLIGHT
Backlighting is magic, and golden hour is the best time of day to use it naturally. We recommend including a soft fill from the white side of a reflector to pop in extra light in a subtle way.
USE TOUGH LIGHT AS AN ACCENT
You can likewise place the subject so that the tough sunlight strikes them at an angle, highlighting information and structure. This benefits emphasizing a fit topic’s defined muscles, for example. For best outcomes, the sun will still be rather behind the topic, however at more of an angle than straight-up backlighting.
DO N’T EXPOSE FOR SKIN

As pointed out previously, we wish to keep some detail in the emphasize areas. We do not necessarily need every pixel to maintain detail, however we do want to keep adequate highlight intact for the audience to be able to tell exactly what’s back there. If we are backlighting and exposing for the topic’s skin, we will definitely blow out the background more than we wish to for the design of photography that is being talked about here. It’s okay if the subject looks a bit dark (we’re not talking silhouette-dark unless you are purposefully shooting a silhouette.).
POST PROCESSING IN LIGHTROOM USING SLR LOUNGE PRESETS.

After shooting with light post processing in mind, we are all set to create our final items. We will be using an easy modifying design that can be done rapidly and merely with our presets.

Apply ‘Soft Color’ pre-programmed from Signature collection.
Bump up exposure to brighten to a better direct exposure for skin.
Warm up the white balance.
Apply a vignette utilizing the radial filter around the subject with the ‘Burn (Direct exposure)’ predetermined.