Natural light vs flash. 7 things you should know

There is a great emphasis put on lighting in photography, and for good reason. Lighting can make or break a photograph. Get the scoop with natural light vs flash. 7 things you should know.
Both work well in certain photography settings. You just have to know which one to use for what type of scene you are wanting to portray. Keep these things in mind when choose natural light or flash.
Advertisement
1. Easier set up with natural light
This is a given, since all you really need is your camera, lens, and possibly a tripod. Find a spot for your model to pose, then just pull out your camera from your camera bag and shoot away. You can easily try out different angles without having to move around a bunch of equipment.
2. Shifty sunlight
A downside of shooting photos with only natural light is that the weather, and lighting can change in an instant. You may constantly have to readjust the settings on your camera if the sun keeps going in and out of clouds. On the other hand, this is a good way to get to know your camera's settings.
3. Longer set up with flash
Using flash takes longer to set up, but once set up, you don't have to worry changing the lighting around like you do using natural light. Some items needed for flash are a trigger flash, strobe umbrella light, and soft box. Starting out, this might take longer to set up until you get the hang of it.
4. Soft light
In general, using natural light gives a softer look to the overall photograph. You can always play around with your camera's settings to get the lighting the way you want it. Compare the different settings on your white balance mode for the best soft light.
5. Harsh light
Flash can look very harsh when done incorrectly. The lighting will be harsher than natural light without taking away from the quality of the picture. One is not better than the other. Its more of an individual preference.
6. Light control
You will have more control on the lighting when using flash. You can set up for flash outside or use a studio. With a studio, you don't have to worry about the weather changing in an instant. You can experiment with different light boxes, a flash umbrella, backgrounds, and bouncing light on walls.
Advertisement
7. Natural light indoors
You can also bring in natural light indoors. Set up a studio with a window to use when the weather is just right outside. You can have your flash gear set up in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Have your subject angled toward the light to show off their best features in natural light.

When placed in front of the lens, glass bottles and jars create unique patterns of light.
March 22   ·  
Advertisement
Here is a trick to use a plastic bag to better your photography skills.
March 21   ·  
Want to use a speedlite to take better pictures? Read on about 6 things you should know when working with a speedlite.
March 20   ·  
Magic takes place in the kitchen. Families gather around the dinner table to enjoy the delicacies created there. Sometimes, though, creating the magic becomes very difficult when trying to locate utensils that are hidden in the backs of drawers...
March 19   ·  
Getting a tree stump removed can be costly. Why bother when it can be used like this instead?
March 15   ·  
If you don't have the time or money to wait for custom photo items to be processed, these family photo tutorials are quick, easy and use simply craft supplies!
March 15   ·  
 
Recommended
Advertisement