The heart of fine photography lies in perfect lighting. The right lighting can turn your click into a masterpiece while a misjudgment in terms of lighting can wreak havoc. But a commonly asked question is that what kind of lighting is better; natural or artificial.WPC has brought to you a collection of pros and cons of both natural and artificial lighting so that you can decide which suits you better.
Natural light mainly entails sunlight, moonlight or simply an unadulterated ambience. A most important advantage of using natural light is its easy availability since you can literally just open a window or step outside your house to click a picture. This also means that you don’t always have to have a specific set up or even shoot in your studio.
Artificial lighting, on the other hand, requires a huge amount of gear and takes a lot of time in setting up. This, by extension, also means that artificial light can’t just be used anywhere or anytime without prior preparation.
Photographers using natural lighting have to be primarily depended on time and weather. For example, shooting in bright sunny light may not be as easy as it sounds since you have to wait for a time and weather when there is consistent and bright sunshine. Monsoon or winter prove to be big hurdles in the way of an outdoor portfolio.
However, in the case of artificial lighting, no matter what time of the month or day it is, you can be assured of a consistent set up which doesn't ruin your photography plans. This is also reflected in the fact that sunlight may not bring out standard colour hues every time, while artificial lighting can produce the best of hues since it can be manipulated easily.
Another common reason why people prefer natural light for their photography is that it's cost-effective and requires a minimum investment in terms of gear or equipment. Artificial lighting, however, is entirely depended on expensive equipment, which is a huge investment and commitment, especially for a beginner.
4.Easy To Manipulate
Outdoor shoots without artificial setups are entirely depended on what nature has to offer. This makes it difficult for the pictures to represent realities or ideas beyond natural concepts. What I mean by this is that in a natural setup, very little or may be no manipulation can be done to change the lighting or its hues.
On the other hand, artificial lighting not only gives you leeway to set it up as per your whims and fancies, the hues and quality it portrays leaves you scope to tweak the details and still make it look flawless.
So basically, it's not possible to determine which is better because both types of lighting can do you good in different circumstances. A smart photographer knows what he wants and when, and that's what he/she should do!
Written By Smriti Rajiv Sharma