Elizaveta Porodina’s ‘The Lake’ Brings Back Memories of Dreamy Summer Days

All images by Elizaveta Porodina. Used with Creative Commons permission. 

Summer is the perfect time to bum around under the sun. To do nothing but explore the great outdoors or just hang out around the house or in front of the television with the AC on: it’s your pick. To head to the beach or the pool and get a tan. Of course, it’s also a great time to practice natural light portraiture with arguably the best light source you could ever have; the sun.

The Lake by Elizaveta Porodina, a Munich-based fashion and fine art photographer, is a series of natural light portraits featuring a woman in a bright red swimsuit splashing around at the shallow end of a lake. It easily brings to mind those warm summer days spent idly under the sun and keeping cool in bodies of water.

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See Tatyana Zadorin’s Quick Demo of a Natural Light Outdoor Portrait Shoot

Screenshot image from the video by Tatyana Zadorin.

Using only the bare necessities, photographer Tatyana Zadorin was able to pull off a pretty cool natural light outdoor portrait shoot when she traveled to South Carolina, USA to visit her family.  The seven-minute behind-the-scenes video titled Natural Light OUTDOOR Portrait Photography – Behind the Scenes mostly showed Tatyana demonstrating how she made use of her Canon 5D Mark III and a couple of lenses Canon lenses with 85mm and 35mm focal lengths. She also offered the settings that she shot her photos with for those who want to emulate her images.

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5 Tips on How to Choose a Location for Natural Light Portraiture

Shooting portraits in natural light can honestly sometimes be tougher than using a flash; but that’s considering you haven’t done any sort of scouting beforehand. However, natural light portraiture can be pretty simple if you can find a way to figure out the artistic vision parts, as the technical parts can be pretty simple too once you pay attention and carefully think about what you want.

Here are a bunch of tips on how to make the most of natural light for portraits.

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The Winners of the EyeEm Natural Light Portrait Mission

Hey folks, we’ve finally got the winner of our Natural Light Portrait mission with EyeEm! Before I go on, I recommend that you download their app and give it a bit of exploring. You’ll find that you may like it more than Instagram when it comes to working with actual creatives.

The Winning image is the lead photo for this article and it’s by photographer Carl Jeffers. Congrats! Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com for an interview, though we’ll try to reach out to you too.

Our runners up and the reasons why we chose them are also after the jump.

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On a Budget: Six Cameras For Natural Light Portrait Photographers

It’s true: any camera these days is capable of taking a great photo–especially with natural light portraits. Natural light portraiture is a staple of today’s professional photography market, and a favorite of those looking to dip their toes into the professional realm thanks to its low barrier of entry with gear beyond the camera and lens. But some do it better than others. In our opinion a key for this style of shooter would be the camera’s dynamic range, ISO performance and AF accuracy.

Today we wanted to look at our top 3 DSLR and top 3 mirrorless cameras that we have reviewed that are currently on the market for the the enthusiast and semi-professional wanting to get into natural light portraits.

Here are our picks…

*also Note, Today is Prime Day, and there are a TON of deals to be had over on Amazon. But many are time sensitive and those are hard to list out here, so, needless to say, head on over to Amazon and check out the available deals. You may be able to save yourself some major cash on that purchase you are already planning on making. 

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