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Natural Light vs. Artificial Light

Natural Light vs. Artificial Light

Can you guess which is natural and which is artificial?

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Or here?

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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 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 light. Maybe you have to use a flash. I’m just showing you what it looks like.

Once again, this is 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! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Natural Light vs. Artificial Light”

  • I Love your photo tips! Thank you so much as I’ve really been trying to learn how to take better photos. These tips are extremely helpful. I’m looking forward to your next tip!

    A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa

  • I love reading your photo tips! I’m gradually trying to teach myself how to take better photos – particularly better food photos. So, I’m always excited to see how others are doing it. Your photos are so beautiful!

  • Thanks for the great photography tips! I think I have the worst natural light in all of southern california in my apartment, so every tip helps! Thanks 🙂

  • I have the same feeling about using flash in my photography. I don’t use it. It does get difficult in restaurants where the lighting is so low and I want to capture food shots. I still tend to have the flash off and I edit the photos that I take later on.

  • Lighting is probably my least favorite part of photography, esp. food photography. I always have this problem so all my dishes are either yellow from incandescent light, blue from flourescent light, or washed out of all detail and yellow tinged from flash. My kitchen is smack dab in the middle of my house so no windows. I sometimes use the end table by the sofa in my livingroom by a big window for natural light when I can get it when its not raining and my food is stable enough to carry all the way across the house. If only they could make a good natural light substitute, that wasnt a huge piece of equipment. I have used photo floods, diffusing umbrellas and nothing makes a sunlight substitute.

  • I’ll be sure to do a quick post about how to fix the lighting issue as best as I can, in Photoshop, if you guys have the program.

    If you are using an SLR camera, there are filters you can buy to screw onto the lens that will correct the artificial lighting.

  • It’s not because lighting was “uneven” in the first pic. It’s because you had a primary light source coming from one direction.

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