Get the nat­u­ral look

Move away from the pop-up flash. Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes shows you how to em­u­late nat­u­ral light with an ar­ti­fi­cial light source in six easy steps

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Move away from the harsh pop-up flash and use a flash­gun to em­u­late nat­u­ral light – it’s per­fect for en­vi­ron­men­tal por­traits

while it’s oh-so-easy to plop your flash­gun on your Nikon’s hot­shoe and rat­tle off shots, the re­sults of­ten look un­flat­ter­ing and it’s easy to tell that they weren’t taken in nat­u­ral light. So, this issue we’re go­ing to show you how to mimic nat­u­ral light with an ar­ti­fi­cial flash.

The eas­i­est way to do this is to take an ex­ist­ing source of nat­u­ral light, like a win­dow or a door­way, and con­trol the light through that space. By putting a flash­gun out­side said win­dow or door, you can mimic the ef­fect of nat­u­ral light flood­ing into your shoot­ing area. Dif­fuse it with a sim­ple bed­sheet and it can pro­duce some of the best light around – no need for an ex­pen­sive octabox.

You can do this shoot with things you al­ready own, so why not head down to your lo­cal café or craft work­shop and ask to take some pho­tos of the staff there at work?

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