I have been working with a new photographer this week and after conducting my first mini-workshop I was reminded of how simple it can be to capture a great photo. Sometimes it is really just about using the basics that are around you. It can get complicated real quick when working with studio light. Don’t get me wrong I love studio lighting but I have to admit, I love working with natural light. I almost prefer it over studio lighting. The ironic part of all of this is when I started photography all I wanted to do was shoot in the studio and create a big set. But as I started to learn how to use natural light, plan around it and more importantly be proactive to it, the more I fell in love with it. This said, it all depends on what type of image you are trying to create.
In my workshop, I brought up the topic of learning your settings but using these settings secondary to what your final objective is. So I like to work backwards, if I have an image in my head I think of the lighting and settings that I need to use to get this done. More often than not, new photographers think of getting the perfect setting then shooting a photo. I prefer to think of it the opposite. What is the final image I want to create? Then tweak appropriately. Perhaps, this is intuitive to all photographers. However, I have never really focused on how I make images, I just did what I thought was right. It is nice to break it down yet am still humbled at how much I still have to learn!
No matter how you break it down nothing substitutes for lots of practice and taking as many photos as you can! Here are some images of my god daughter from a couple weeks ago using one natural light source and a couple of props!