For years now, I’ve described my lighting style as “the natural light look,” but I realize describing something as looking like natural light can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.

Natural light is varied. There is no right or wrong to it. No one way to use it. It can be many things: hard or soft, big or small, flat or directional. As an artist, it’s up to you to decide how to use your light based on the look you’re creating. That requires knowing what you like and knowing what you want.

When I began my lighting journey, my intentions were very specific. I wasn’t trying to learn everything there was to know about studio lighting. I wasn’t even sure I liked studio lighting. I didn’t ...

Get Crafting the Natural Light Look now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.