It is no wonder most professional photographers love using daylight. It is the “cleanest” light around. Natural daylight is also infiltrating. What does that mean? Because the light source is so large (the sun) it bounces off of everything. If sunlight is clean, what is dirty? Anything man made other than professional strobes. Even on camera flash can be a bit dirty if not used correctly because it is too small. When something is shot in doors, everything usually looks like it was shot with a pale yellow piece of film over it. It lacks contrast and detail. When sunlight is introduced your colors will be clearer, contrast will be crisper and your images will pop. But beware: not all sunlight is created equal. Just as the Eskimos have 100 different words for snow, so does the photographer for light. The best light is in what is called “open shade.” Look for a place that is fully covered from the sun, but looks open and airy. The way to learn how to light is to attach a feeling to it. Once you are able to start doing this, you will begin to understand light and will most certainly become a better photographer!
Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.