"In photography, there is no such thing as
good light or bad light.
There is only appropriate light."
In photography, there is no such thing as good light or bad light. There is only appropriate light. A hard beam of green light may work well for a fashion editorial but less well for a newborn baby portrait. This is an extreme example, but it demonstrates the need to be deliberate with our choice of light for our portraits. We need to be sure to always consider what type of light will work best for the image we’re trying to create.
When thinking about light, we need think about its quality. This can be especially difficult in the beginning, but there are a few questions we can ask ourselves to help out. Where is it coming from? What colour is it? How does that affect my image? If we’re wanting to create warm, glowing family portraits, midday is not the time to do that in most parts of the world. Planning portrait sessions around the light you need for the emotions you’re trying to bring out, or breaking out the strobes and creating your own light, is a great way to ensure you’ll get the results you’re after.