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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Using Natural Light in Photography

Whoever thinks using natural light as their main light source is a bad idea, think again...

Use strobes and use external flashes, but don't forget about the power of natural light. As a working photographer of more than a decade, my eyes are trained to see light and shadows. I know how lighting will transform in the camera, and having this knowledge helps me refine my images even more.

The above image is Janie with Ford/RBA modeling agency just outside of North Scottsdale, AZ. It was taken this past September at the Frank Lloyd Wright home located at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead. The sun was just setting, and we were scrambling to get our shots. The stillness and quietness that this photo exudes does not honestly reflect the business of the few hours just around sunset where we were trying our hardest to capture the beautiful sunset and it's saturated, glowing light.

The extremely soft light in the image is after the sun sank past the horizon line, so there was no direct light from the sun. This was the last series of shots that we did because it was getting too dark for even the camera to focus. It's beautiful the way the sky fades from pink to navy blue, and the golden light on her face makes her skin pop and look incredibly healthy. I'm in love with the reflection of the sunset sky in her eyes.

Below is a shot of us rushing back to the cars before we had no light to see the trail. You don't want to be stuck in the desert at night without a flashlight!

The earth thrives on the sun, so why can't we as photographers capture the free beauty that is given to us every day? I ask you to not forget about the natural beauty that is at your finger tips.

Betsy Hansen Photography
Jeneka K Wardrobe Styling

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