Can you guess which is natural and which is artificial?
Of course you can! Natural light makes everything look…natural. Artificial light adds a hue from whatever light source it’s coming from.
Natural light vs. Artificial light
There were dark thunderstorm clouds outside at the window, but even with the very little natural light I had it still produced this image.
This was taken with both natural light AND the kitchen light turned on. You can see both bouncing off the pan/dumplings. No amount of Photoshop work can really make it look as natural as the image above. Maybe that’ll be one of my next posts on Photoshop tips…How to use filters…
Natural light vs. Flash
Okay, I understand that most of you have no choice when it comes to natural light, because maybe you cook late at night and there IS NO natural light. Maybe you have to use a flash. I’m just showing you what it looks like.
Once again, this is natural light coming from a window on the left.
This is when I used a flash, because there wasn’t enough artificial light.
I HATE USING A FLASH! But that’s just my opinion. I even tried to improve this image in Photoshop, but it still has this yellowish hue to it.
If at all possible, use natural light. I shoot from morning until night (as of now, until 8:30pm) with natural light. I can’t take photos after that time.
If you don’t have a window in your kitchen, set up a small table by a window somewhere and shoot that way. Turn off the lights around the room that might bounce off the subject matter. See the difference.
Tomorrow, I’ll be doing a post on F-Stops, Apertures and Depth of Field (huh?). Coming soon! 🙂