This past summer we had the opportunity to photograph a wedding in Atlanta, GA. Since I live in Chapel Hill - NC, I didn't check the wedding location beforehand. As always, I arrived early enough to have time to walk around checking for good photo spots and lighting. Arriving early also helps me to 'get in the zone'.
Ok.... What does it have to do with the post title - Natural X Studio lights?
As I was walking around the church I went down to the basement and found the hairdressers and MUA (make up artist) getting the wedding party ready. This was a big basement with plenty of windows letting beautiful light to shine at the tables. Although I could 'play safe' and use the flashes I had in my bag, I chose to use the light coming from the outside to capture some of the hairdresser and MUA at work and why not some portrait photography?
The point to all of this is, when I can I choose natural light over studio lights or flashes. Natural light can be very flattering and knowing how to see the light and shape it whilst posing your subjects, one can get some really beautiful well lit portraits.
On this last image the vignette wasn't done in post processing. I just grabbed one of those paper lanterns that was laying around. When I looked at it I saw that it had two holes. I put it in front of my lenses and click click and click.....