Wedding photography on location using only natural light

The look of love. Great lighting for wedding photography.
Lighting diagram showing the surroundings at the scene

A good photographer must understand the light. Even when you shoot in natural light with no lighting equipment what so ever, you still should not just point and shoot. A trained eye will quickly identify the lighting possibilities provided by the surrounding environment. In this photo by Erika Gerdemark the darker forest behind the photographer will block some light, while the ocean in the background will reflect some light. Erika is also playing with the light by using the models them self. By letting some light slip over the grooms shoulder and light up the eye of the bride, Erika adds that extra magic and makes this scene exceptionally beautiful.

Wedding photography in natural light

Bride in natural light
Lighting diagram of natural light wedding photo

Wedding photographer Erika Gerdemark is very skilled when it comes to natural light photography. She is here using two walls to shape the light. The first wall is particially used as a black flag to control the direct light, and the other wall is used to bounce light on the model.

Lighting setup for fashion photography

David Bicho is thinking BIG when he shoots fashon photos
A lighting diagram for fashion photography. All you need is basically a plastic wrapped building and a stripbox.

When doing bigger/wider lighting setups, the distances grow and ordinary soft boxes and such doesnt work since they become relatively small and creates harsh shadows. Then its great to use really BIG diffusors.

In this image we wrapped the whole exterior of the building in milky white plastic to get the huge windows like this. To get the correct depth of light from outside the window, the flash needs to be far away, thus demands alot of power. I think we used a twin head and two 2400Ws generators for the outside flash. Inside I had a strip light (without fabric) from the left shooting through a big diffusion screen. To the right there was a silver reflector that bounced back the light from a gridded flash. The reason why I bounced it was because I needed the extra depth of light one get when using long distances.

Fashion lighting setup on location

First class fashion photography doesn't necessarily require tons of lighting equipment.
Lighting diagram for fashion photography

This is a lighting setup for fashion photography on location. Using only sunlight and a reflector you can achieve amazing photos . We will soon publish more photos, lighting setups and lighting diagrams from Magnus Svensson. In the meanwhile, check out his portfolio at Maz Studios

Lighting setup using natural light and silver reflector

This is a photo portrait of the swedish professional dancer Karl Dyall. The lighting setup is very simple. The model is standing next to a big window which is about 4 feet from him on the right hand side. On the left hand side stands a silver reflector about 2 feet away. It was cloudy that day, so the light is very soft.  As many of you know is the Canon EF 50/1.8 II bokeh a bit stressful, so the warm light in the background is not as smooth as I would like it.

Natural light photography

When you practice natural light photography, keep in mind that the constant light from a silver reflector can be annoying for the model if the light is too intense. It makes it difficult for the model to keep a certain facial expression, and the whole workflow for the session will be affected.

If the light from the window would have been more intense that day, or if it had been an outdoor session a sunny day, I would probably have used a white reflector instead of a silver reflector.

Portrait lighting diagram with natural light and reflector