Common Natural Light Photography Mistakes

Natural light portraits are quite popular, particularly among newer photographers who are still learning the ins and outs of lighting, camera settings, posing, etc. They can be deceptively complex, however, which leads to some common mistakes. If you are shooting natural light portraits and want to improve your work, check out this fantastic video tutorial that details some of the most common mistakes photographers make. 

Coming to you from Omar Gonzalez Photography, this awesome video tutorial discusses some common mistakes natural light photographers make. One mistake I see fairly commonly that can kind of sneak up on you is missing a color cast caused by reflected light. For example, if you are shooting on a particularly bright day on vibrant grass, your subject may end up with a green color cast from below. Because this color cast decreases in intensity as you move farther from the grass and because it will not appear in the background, correcting it is more complicated than a simple global tint adjustment. As such, if you are shooting on top of any particularly colorful surface, be sure to keep an eye on the reflected light it casts on your subject. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gonzalez. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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