Join Erin Manning for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the most of good light, part of Up and Running with Lighting: Natural Light.
Now that we've discussed the direction and quality of light, where do you find the best light for taking pictures? Experienced photographers know that the best natural light occurs early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is low in the sky, and the light is soft and warm. These are also the same times when most people would like to be sleeping, or sitting down to dinner with family and friends. So be aware that beautiful light may disrupt your normal schedule. Whether you're shooting landscapes or people, this quality of light offers a greater chance of capturing a beautiful and interesting image.
When I was shooting images of Josh outside near the beach in late afternoon sun, it was almost impossible to capture a bad photo. But what if you don't have the time or luxury of shooting at the most beautiful time of day? Are your chances of capturing a beautiful image, shot? Not at all. It's still possible to capture great images in the middle of the day, you just have to know what to look for.
- Learning to identify the quality of light
- Avoiding color casts
- Setting exposure, white balance, and ISO
- Finding good natural light
- Reflecting and diffusing light
- Understanding lighting ratios