When you have a beautiful sister as I do, you gotta take out your camera and take photos of her, asap. That’s why I didn’t hesitate when she asked me if I could take some natural light portraits of her at my parents house.
Natural light, is my lighting of choice. And I know that is the case for many other photographers. That’s why in today’s post I’m going to be sharing some natural light portraits tips.
Before we get started I would like to remind you that I have many posts about photography in general. So if you are a newbie, you may find those post helpful! I have a four-post series called the Photography Tips Series, that teaches you everything you need to know to start shooting in manual mode. And if you click here you will find every single post I’ve written about photography.
Now let’s get started!
First of all I would like to add that these photos were taken indoor with window light, and some were taken in the balcony. Which counts as outdoor natural light.
FINDING QUALITY LIGHT
In photography quality light is your best friend. That is no news, but I think is essential to remind every single time to find good lighting. Especially if you are shooting natural light portraits indoor, as I mainly did in this shoot.
Try to stay close to the windows, or any source of natural light you may have. And then try to place your subject to benefit from that light source. You also have to decide if you want the face of your subject to be lit from the side, or be directly in front.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BACKGROUND
This is another point that may be obvious but when you are a beginner you forget to control every single aspect. You may be too worried of setting your camera correctly that you forget to notice any distractions in the background. Or you forget to choose the background all together. It is very important to make any corrections in real time, and try to get the best photo directly from camera. Rather than editing and retouching it later in post-processing. You will save yourself from many working hours and headaches. So pay attention!
DECIDE YOUR STYLE OF SHOOTING
I love shooting at wide apertures. Every single photo was taken with an F/stop of 2.8. My lens can open up to 1.4 but I wasn’t going for that look. 2.8 was perfect in this case. When I say “decide style” that is exactly what I mean. You need to decide the style of shooting you want for your portraits. It may be that you have already developed your own personal style and you stay true to it no matter what you are shooting. Or maybe you will adapt the style depending on what you’re shooting.
For example, if my sister had told me that she wanted her clothes to be the focus point of the photos, I probably would’ve closed the aperture a little bit to make sure her garments were in focus every single time. That wasn’t the case, so I shot as I usually would.