Knowing how to utilize natural light is key in being a versatile photographer. Here a just a few things you should keep in mind when shooting in ‘natural light.’
Shoot at the proper time of day.
Generally speaking, it is usually better to shoot at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day when the light is more horizontally directional. Usually mid-day is when the sun is over head and typically casts harsh shadows on your subject. Shooting on super cloudy days is great, because you can usually shoot any time of the day (depending on cloud coverage) and you get a more soft light on your subject.
Take advantage of the moment.
Sometimes the best color tapestry occurs in nature. Always look for moments to shoot before or after rainfall or during sunrise or sunset. These moments sometimes render a colorful lighting scheme that would take serious work to replicate in the studio.
Find a space that utilizes both natural and studio light.
Having options is key in showing off the diversity of your portfolio. A space that has built in natural lighting options and studio lighting options is always perfect for creating a variety of different looks with your subject.