MASTER NATURAL LIGHT & SHOOT LIKE THE PROS
aster control of daylight and you're well on your way to being able to take great portraits no matter the weather conditions or the time of day. the key thing to realise is that the term ' daylight' is a catch- all for a multitude of lighting conditions. daylight simply refers to the natural, ambient light that is available regardless of the weather conditions or location. So when you're shooting on a beach on a bright, sunny day, you're working in daylight, as is when you're taking pictures on a dark, overcast day, when you're working in the confines of a shaded alleyway, or in the final moments before sunset.
all these scenarios fall under the remit of ' daylight', but all provide a very different type of light, each requiring different skills and lighting aids to ensure your portraits are perfectly lit. Being able to understand the type of daylight you're working with, knowing how to handle it and what you need to control the direction and intensity of light is relatively straightforward, so it shouldn't take you too long to get used to the basics. once you have, you'll then be able to develop your skills to be able to introduce more creative techniques into your daylight portraits and take your images to an even higher level.
as you'll find, shooting in daylight has the benefit of not requiring an investment in expensive kit ( although costly options are available) – your light source is free, so all you'll need are some aids to help you control it. a reflector or two is a must, while diffusers also have an important part to play. and, should you wish, you can introduce flash into the mix should you want to combine ambient and artificial lighting. But that's jumping ahead: for now, let's stick to covering the main forms of daylight conditions and how you should prepare to use them to capture great portraits. In this guide, we'll cover the key skills, principles and kit you'll need to take your first steps to mastering daylight portraits.