7 Tips for Natural Light Beauty Photography

Of all the genres in photography, beauty work often has some of the most precise, intricate, and carefully sculpted lighting setups out there. Nonetheless, that does not mean you can't shoot beauty images using natural light, and that may even be preferable in certain situations. This fantastic video tutorial discusses seven tips for shooting better natural light beauty images.

Coming to you from Kayleigh June, this excellent video tutorial discusses seven tips for shooting better natural light beauty images. One of the biggest benefits of modern bodies is the vastly improved high-ISO performance, which allows you to take usable shots in far more situations than even just a few years ago, and these capabilities extend to beauty photography too, of course. Furthermore, you might be a bit inexperienced with artificial lighting and/or not own a lot of equipment, but that should not stop you from pursuing the genre, and in fact, it can be a great way to build your skills concurrently while learning more advanced lighting techniques and setups. You might also be surprised by how much you can shape natural light with sound technique. Check out the video above for the full rundown from June. 

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Jan Holler's picture

It is hard to transition back to natural light if you're using strobes (02:30)? What a weird statement. - And what about using a tripod if the light goes down instead of cranking up ISO? You want to keep the dynamic range, don't you?

Jeff McCollough's picture

Cute little strobists that can't shoot natural light hahaha

Jan Holler's picture

:-)

Jan Holler's picture

Let me add one thing: A strobe is (besides other aspects) a replacement for natural light. You talk about window light in your video. Have you ever heard where that comes from? Have you ever heard, why there is an expression like "Rembrandt's nose" the triangle which is formed by the shadows of the nose by light which is about 45 degrees off and above the head? Do you realize that a strobe with a diffuser is nothing less than a window of a painter of some centuries ago? They had rooms built especially for portraiture with one single window above the subject. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt_lighting
(edit: typo, added rooms for portraiture...)

Chris Rogers's picture

Woah that's pretty neat. I didn't know that.

Jan Holler's picture

You get to learn that if you dig in deeper into the subject of portraiture. Take a look at the very famous painting of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Could easily be a flash if it was a photograph. It is really interesting when you read about all this. And then you finally realize that a flash used like this is just the modern incarnation of a very old technique. Nice, isn't it?
edit: Source: Wikimedia Foundation

Chris Rogers's picture

Yeah it really is pretty cool. I saw a video from T.Hopper talking about traditional painted portraiture as one of her sources of knowledge. I always over looked it over the years because i was not hugely interested in traditional painting. Not that I don't like it just I never payed too much attention to it. But what i got from her videos is i have a ton of learning to do about traditional arts. They have so much to teach on composition, lighting, and subject matter that I totally missed out on over the years.