Macro photography has its own set of challenges that make it one of the more difficult, yet most rewarding types of photography. Some photographers excel in utilizing natural lighting to highlight their macro subjects while others prefer to use artificial light. Both have their pros and cons, so which one is right for you?
In this lesson, we explore natural lighting and artificial lighting to help you determine which one best suits the type of macro shots you want.
When it comes down to it, nothing beats natural light. After all, it’s got better color, it’s of a higher quality, and it’s free! Plus, there’s no need to lug around heavy lighting equipment and no need to set anything up other than your camera.
The biggest issue you’ll face when using natural lighting for macro shots is ensuring that what you want to photograph is positioned well related to the sun. You can always move yourself to find a better angle of your subject, or you can wait until your subject (or the sun) moves and creates a more appropriately lit scene.