Studio Lighting Naturally is a book that I put together about 10 years ago. When I first started with studio lighting, I read new photographers posting that they thought studio lighting looked unnatural. I had to agree when looking at Sears Portraits and other chain studios. It was just ugly to me.
I began to travel to client houses and in the Maryland area, there are a lot of great homes but there are not always opportunities with window light for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s the house itself not having a lot of windows or just the direction of the light coming in the windows, or it was just really overcast or raining or even snowy day.
I needed to learn studio lighting in order to be able to have more flexibility in different locations to shoot. It didn’t take me long to realize with the right modifier/diffuser and the correct angle of light, I could mimic natural light and in some cases even pull a richer deeper lit image together.
Thus the book was born. The book has been going strong all the years, and we recently converted it to an E-book which has worked out well. Although I taught newborn photography and lighting for many years, I always liked the idea of everyone having an instructional book that they can always refer back to.
I have modified the book to also include natural lighting as well as studio lighting.
Just a few images using the studio lighting techniques. I bring my lights to client houses on location now, and it’s not bad at all to travel with.