Natural Light Photography

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The first skill that every photographer should master - understanding natural light, and how to make full use of it. Full guide - http://xlightphotography.com/beginner-natural-light-photography/

NATURAL

LIGHT

PHOTOGRAPHY


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HELLO!

I am Damon Kukacho

I love to give presentations and

share photography knowledge.

You can find me at

@damonkukacho


“Let light shine out of darkness.

- 2 Corinthians 4:6


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1.

DIFFERENT TIME

DIFFERENT LIGHT


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SAME SUN DIFFERENT LIGHT

▸ Most people are so used to sunlight to even notice

the changes throughout the day.

▸ Sunlight has a different quality and color tone

depending on the time and weather conditions.

▸ Photographers need to understand sunlight in order

to take good photos – sunlight is nearly everywhere

on the surface of the Earth.


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MORNING

▸ Bluish light, maybe

with a touch of

orange.

▸ Soft and good for

outdoor shoots.

▸ May need a little bit of

color correction in

post process to get

rid of the slight blue

tint.


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MIDDAY

▸ Harsh and intense

white sunlight.

▸ Casts very defined

shadows.

▸ Photographers avoid

outdoor shoots during

this time.

▸ But this is the only

time you can possible

get blue sky and

clouds.


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EVENING

▸ As the sun slowly

goes down towards

night time, it becomes

warmer and softer.

▸ Not quite the best

time to shoot, but

better than harsh

intense midday sun.


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SUNRISE/SUNSET

▸ About a 1 hour time

frame.

▸ Soft golden gentle

light.

▸ Perfect lighting that

makes everything

look good.

▸ Also called the

“golden hour”.


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DUSK

▸ Blue, if you are lucky,

you can catch pink or

magenta.

▸ Weak sunlight, but a

nice shade and

interesting color tone.


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NIGHT

▸ Just dark.

▸ Best time to do all

your light painting,

light trails and all

kinds of creative stuff.


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THE SUMMARY

Light during sunrise/sunset is soft and golden.

Perfect for photography; The golden hour as we call

it.

Light is bluish in the morning, but still pretty soft and

good.

▸ Midday sun is the worst which is intense white. It

casts very defined shadows and is very harsh.

▸ Dusk may offer some shades of pink and magenta.

▸ Twilight falls back to extreme blue.

▸ Night is… dark.


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IN A NUTSHELL


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BAD WEATHER


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GLOOMY/OVERCAST

▸ Make full use of the

storm clouds!

▸ Epic drama.

▸ Cloud rush.

▸ Use filters or

Photoshop to add

some contrasting

colors back.


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RAIN

▸ Only time you get rain

puddles.

▸ Rain puddles = good

chance for taking

reflections.


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STORM/TORNADO

▸ Just keep safe, find

shelter and stay

indoors.


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THANKS!

You can read the full guide at

http://xlightphotography.com/beginner-natural-lightphotography/


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