An ongoing debate among photographers from all backgrounds is that of natural vs artificial light. Both options have their pitfalls and qualities worth praising, but even so, it seems like some photographers are hesitant to put a subject in front of a strobe if natural light is available.
But as shown in this video put together by Felix Kunze and Sue Bryce for CreativeLive, when used correctly, strobes can almost perfectly replicate the look of natural light. Kunze and Bryce compare identical model setups side-by-side using both natural and strobe lighting as an exercise in showing off the differences and similarities between the two.
As they venture further into the video, they not only compare natural light to strobes, but also speedlights. Bryce notes that, while you won’t get the same quality of light with a speedlight as a strobe, it’s still a good first step. Plus, if you can create good light with a speedlight, creating great light with a strobe and even natural light will come easier.
Coming in at just over six minutes, it’s a quick watch with plenty of helpful tips and insight for beginner strobist. Press play and be ready to take notes.
(via Picture Correct)
Answer: Natural light left, strobe light right.