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In this course, photographer and educator Erin Manning shows beginning photographers how to appreciate and work with natural light. First Erin takes a look at the qualities of light, from softness to direction to color, and details the camera settings that help you get the most out of the scene's available light. Then Erin works together with a student to shoot a natural-light portrait, employing inexpensive accessories such as reflectors along the way.
We've covered a lot of great content in this course. From recognizing the quality of light, the direction of light and avoiding color casts. To camera exposure settings, color balance, finding the good light and then controlling light with reflectors and diffusers. I demonstrated how to work with a model in front of the camera lens and then combine some of these techniques on a final photo shoot including another student. I hope these movies have helped you feel more knowledgeable and confident about the language of light and how you can control the light to improve your images.
So what's next? What are some things you can do to improve your natural light photographs? First, I encourage you to revisit some of the content we've covered in the course. And then go outside and try some of these techniques with your family and friends. Take a beautiful portrait of a friend in late afternoon light. Or capture pictures of your kids as they play near window light in your home. Or position a loved one in open shade to capture a flattering shot. The possibilities are endless. Now grab your camera, experiment and practice.
Creating beautiful photographs in natural light is possible in any kind of daylight once you master the basics.
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