How to Use Natural Light [NSFW]

Natural light photography is sought-after in lifestyle, fashion, lingerie, and many other photography genres. Anita Sadowska takes us through how she uses natural light in her small apartment and what decisions you need to make when you plan on using natural light. 

Sadowska challenges the sensor on her Canon 5D Mark IV by sometimes shooting back-lit photos, and the end result made for some great images. I would've graded the colors differently and find hers a bit too orange, but this can also be due to YouTube, the MacBook Pro screen I watched the video on, or even just personal preference.

When doing this type of setup, you need to know where the light will be during the shoot and make sure everything is in place for it. Sadowska shot these images with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens lens to be able to go wide enough and give the photographs some context. This lens is one I also use, and I must say it's one of the lenses you can get rather close with while getting nice and wide, too.

In conclusion, you should plan the day and know what shots you want to get. Even if it's a cloudy day, if you have a window, it'll soften the light that enters, which can even give you a better, softer light. I love natural light and even prefer it over setting lights up in studio. How do you use natural light?

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Disgusting; couldn't watch. The model looks like she's on drugs or something.

Aaron Bratkovics's picture

You need to be around more people that are on drugs lol. Drug addicts look nothing like this. She looks great.

I was referring to her gestures, not her appearance. Having three adult children, I've been around too many people who were on drugs. Thankfully, that was years ago. :-)

steve E's picture

The video footage is slowed down not real time #facepalm

Irrelevant to my comment. Not sure what "#facepalm" means. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Drew Pluta's picture

"Not sure what "#facepalm" means" This right here is reason enough to to dismiss you. Also, the fact that you have clearly never seen anything shot in slow motion and can't understand what is going on. Welcome to the internet though, go check out Youtube and be sure to comment often!

And yet you didn't. Thanks. Write back when you grow up. :-/

Campbell Sinclair's picture

gestures ? they are for effect. You are talking through a hole in your head.

Whatever their purpose, I find them disgusting to look at. I'm stating an opinion, as are you. The only difference being, I'm not ridiculing yours. smh

David Hynes's picture

LOL? I'm confused as to the part where she looks like shes on drugs, and the part where shes discusting - please explain!

Her gestures are exaggeratingly slow and, to me, disgusting. She looks like she's high. Of course you're free to disagree; it's just my perception. Maybe I'm too old but I don't think so. Nobody moves like she does in the video. Nobody!

David Hynes's picture

shes moving slow for the camera thats taking pictures - because they are stills LOL - its not a music video lmao

Okay. That being the case, I think it looks disgusting. I also don't like liver and onions or alcohol. I'll allow you your preferences without comment.

John Dynia's picture

Some people will complain about anything! Disgusting? That's nuts.

I like to know who I'm talking to. There's only one photo in your profile. So your taste in photography is okay but mine isn't. Got it. :-/

Michael Holst's picture

Says someone who has zero photos...

My comment was in reference to the subject of his one photo, not the fact there was only one. I like to look at people's photos to get some small insight into their point of view. Yours, for example, point to someone with a lot of curiosity but a short attention span. The fact you still list a website that doesn't exist seems to back that supposition.

Michael Holst's picture

Thank you for the entertainment. You clearly have a lot of time on your hands.

I'm very efficient. ;-)

John Dynia's picture

I know a troll when see one, later days, you just get off on this stupidity.

You can choose to comment or not; reply or not. If you're waiting for me to agree with you, that's not going to happen. In the same way, I have no illusions regarding your actions.

John Dynia's picture

Boy you are funny, I pity you that this is all that you have in your life. Troll and is a sad place isn't it? TTFN troll....

John Dynia's picture

Curious, you bash me for only having one photo when as near as I can tell you have none. It must be sad to live the way you appear to. I really pity you.

Dan Howell's picture

pretty sure that it the video was shot at 60fps and then displayed on youtube at like 24fps which gives it a smooth/slow feel to the motion. A lot of beauty video is shot this way. Maybe not jump to conclusions so quickly.

This is not a particularly informative or high quality tutorial, but your critique is based on a flawed assumption. That you find it 'disgusting' says more about you than the video.

It says I have an opinion of how it looked. I didn't say she was disgusting or that she was on drugs. The fact you don't want to allow me my opinion says something about you as well.

I think you might find that the slow movement was a video effect call "slow motion" or Slo-Mo.

That makes sense but I still didn't like it.

michael buehrle's picture

disgusting yes, i could not watch it more than 8 times, ok maybe 9.............dam, 10.....................

Well, if that's the sort of thing you like, I'm not surprised you liked it. :-)

michael buehrle's picture

never once in the 26 times that i watched that video did i say "that girl is on drugs". i did see that it was not going at "full speed" so it made her look like she was moving slow. or maybe it was just time going slow when i was watching it for the 27th time.

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