Photography is all about capturing light, and natural light from the sun is the most often used main light source in photography. However, natural light can vary quite considerably depending on a variety of factors.
For best results, it is important to understand how natural light is affected by these different factors, and in turn how this will affect a photo captured in that light. This is what I want to look at in this article.
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Combination of three images taken in different natural lighting conditions: left - direct sunlight; middle - sunlight through thin cloud; right - overcast. Note the difference in shadows between each image.