On “Natural Light” Photography
When I see someone market herself as a “Natural light photographer,” it sounds to me like:
- E♭ Songwriter
- Two-finger Pianist
- Warm-colors Painter
- Eye shadow Makeup Artist
- Chapters 7–9 Novelist
In other words, it sounds to me that this person hasn’t taken professional responsibility to learn their craft and is trying to advertise a lack of experience and knowledge as some sort of feature. It’s a term sold by the ignorant amateur to the ignorant customer, given a faux sense of superiority by using the word “natural,” as though it were “vegan,” “organic,” or “farm-to-table” light.
Usually, a “Natural light” photographer will use daylight, but will also use available light fixtures or other light sources that are readily available. If a photographer wanted to create some concept art using only sunlight, then the purist effort might make sense as a concept project. It certainly isn’t the basis for a professional business model, though.
“Photographer” means “Light-painter” or “Light-drawer,” and if someone only knows how to use available light (because “natural light” isn’t a sensical term — all light is based on natural photons; what changes is color, diffusion, direction and quality), that person isn’t ready for the title, yet.
Master the expression of light and you are ready to call yourself a photographer.