How to Master Natural Lighting in Photography

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Natural lighting doesn't necessarily just mean going outside and taking pictures on a sunny day. Master natural lighting in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Now, today, I'm going to give you a few tips on mastering natural lighting. Now, what natural lighting is isn't necessarily just meaning going out on a bright sunny day and taking some pictures. It's really about understanding what the natural light can do for you. Now, some people might think that shooting outside on a real cloudy, gloomy day isn't really nice because, well, there's no sun out, the sky isn't blue or anything, but again, what it does do is the clouds will actually diffuse the sun and you get this really nice soft light. Things may end up being a bit grayer, but with post production, you actually, you can actually bring a lot more color back into things. Now, another thing with natural light that you need to understand is shooting natural light indoors is actually a very very beautiful source of light. You can open up a window or you can use the curtains on the window as sign, somewhat of a source of diffusion and it'll actually diffuse this real strong light from the sun that is actually coming in. And it's, there's no light on earth that you're going to be able to use, it's going to be able to replicate the light that you're getting from the sun because it's so big and it's so far away that it's getting diffused through all those layers of atmosphere that don't, you can't be afraid of just opening up a window and using that to shoot because you're going to get some real nice rich light. Now, hopefully these tips will help you master natural lighting. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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