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Rex Jones's picture

Introduce yourself by posting one of your favorite Natural Light photos!

Hey everybody, my name is Rex, I currently live in Saint George, Utah. Most of my photography is one landscape or another, but on occasion I'll dabble in portraiture. I really don't have the gear, or much interest, to shoot any highly stylized portraits with any unique lighting. So I stick to natural light for pretty much all of my portraits! This is one of my favorites, a studio shot using window light only.

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John Keane's picture

Wow! Terrific portrait. Maybe turn her left hand so we don't see the large back of it. I think you have all the gear you need.

Rex Jones's picture

Good thinking! It's those little details that matter! :)

layne southard's picture

Hi, I am fairly new but have not tried any studio light because i have had such good luck with natural light! I would love to get feed back on this photo so I can keep improving. Also thanks for starting a thread just for this! https://www.instagram.com/jlaynet52/

Alekz Velic's picture

I have been exploring creative potential and limitation of natural light and backlight in particular. This is one of my favourite shots this year.

One of the biggest limiters (in my view) of backlighting is not having eyes properly lit. As a Dani Diamond fan i believe that 80% of a portrait are the eyes.

Rex Jones's picture

Awesome!! I too am a big Dani Diamond fan, so I'm right there with you. :)

Anonymous's picture

Well hi small group! I'm MJ Kreyzer, Commercial Photographer based out of Salt Lake City, UT. I do all sorts of photography but my focus is portraiture. Here's hoping more people stumble into this group because, hey, networking is fun and stuff. Anyways, this portrait was done for a business owner named Juventino in Naples, Florida. It was impromptu so I had only my camera. Had my assistant grab a black curtain to add some negative fill and ended up with this.

Rex Jones's picture

Nicely done! It's always fun to bump into other Utah photographers online! :)

Anonymous's picture

Hello, I started doing natural light portraits this year, I'm loving it!! Never been interested in the studio. This is the first portrait I have ever done.

rolandsimages's picture

I don't do a ton of posed portraits, with or without lights. Most of my work has been in the photojournalism realm. My goal has been to capture unposed, natural reactions. Getting natural-looking posed portraits is a whole different problem. This shot was from a senior portrait set I did for my youngest daughter's boyfriend. I took advantage of sunset light pouring through the columns and bouncing back off the windows on the building. I experimented with adding a touch of strobe, but found the straight shot with only natural light worked best.