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Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Light I Love

Some photographers find a 'type' of light that they just love shooting in and then, where possible, they restrict their shoots to this and create a style that is based around that.  This is often the case for film photographers and just one of the many I admire that work like this is Elizabeth Messina.

I get asked a lot about how I shoot natural light so I thought I'd write a quick blog about it.

The light I, and most, (natural light) photographers most love is that of the golden hour - where the light is typically soft, diffused and warm. However - I live and work in England and my work schedule does not allow me to wait for light that is a rare commodity over here.

So I have learnt to love different types of light and to be able to create beautiful imagery in almost any lighting conditions.  There are 3 many types of light that I look for whether I am shooting a wedding or boudoir.  This is what my training, whether for Aspire or 121 sessions, is largely about.

Here are examples of imagery all shot during 4 training days - showing the 3 lighting scenarios I look for:

1) soft, diffused front light
2) high contrast side light
3) and shooting contre jour - into the light

All of these images are shot with only natural light.  When I use studio flash all I'm ever trying to do is replicate one of these!

Some photographers might worry that this leads to a conflicting style.  I believe you should be led by light.  My style is as much about how I shoot which includes choice of lens, aperture etc, how I compose and how I treat my images in post. 

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3 comments:

  1. Great post Kate thanks x Beautiful examples. It sounds so straightforward when you explain it like that!

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  2. Dear Kate
    What strikes straight away are the different qualities of light and how beautifully you have used light. Each one of these images is a master piece, and wow the sheer quality is present in all the images. ~ Catherine Connor

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  3. Gorgeous images and inspiring words as ever. Thank-you for being a 'guiding light' for us all!

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