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Right Moves: Natural Light

Myrna Kresh



Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.

Dear Right Moves,

Should I be experimenting more with using natural light? Some photographer friends I really admire are using only natural light for their projects. Can natural light REALLY be as DRAMATIC as the studio lighting we’re learning?

In The Dark, Dallas, Texas

Dear In the Dark,

Photographer wisdom is that when there is no good light, it’s time to go home. In my opinion, Jay Maisel has raised the use of natural light to an art form. See for yourself at www.jaymaisel.com and be amazed. That’s how great it can be but you have to have the eye, aesthetic, patience and artistry to find the light, wait for it, and finally use it. One “secret” of using natural light is to work WITH the light rather than to try to control it.

As a 21st century photographer, you instinctively want to alter, filter, change, and control your environment.  Sometimes, finding light you have waited for, rather than making it, can be magical.

To submit your advice questions to Right Moves, send an email to myrna@myrnak.com.

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