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An Ode To Natural Light Portraits…

I confess, I’m a camera geek.  Wireless flash is flippin’ sweet.  I like to hang out with strobists, or anybody who knows what I mean when I say “three quarter key light with a kicker”…

However, I just gotta say: “Eat your heart out, Joe McNally!”  …Here’s an ode to natural light portraits!  As much as I like flash, and all that geeky stuff, there really is nothing like working with what you’ve got.

(I guess in continuation with my previous blog post, which was also pure 100% daylight portraits from the SD Photog Shootout. Here’s a recent engagement session, and a last-minute portrait session with Rachel Amara on the beach.)


(Images captured on a Nikon D300, The first four images with my beloved Sigma 50-150 2.8, the last with my manual focus Nikon 24mm 2.8… RAW capture, processed in Bridge CS3, no burning / dodging etc… Just some sweet light!)

San Diego Engagement Photo

San Diego Engagement Photo

Laguna Beach Sunset Portrait

Laguna Beach Sunset Portrait

Laguna Beach Sunset Portrait

by Matthew Saville

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November 29, 2009 - 1:39 PM s h e r r y - I love natural light! (The beach ones at the end are pretty epic!)

November 29, 2009 - 1:41 PM Jennifer Owens - So pretty! Natural light is pretty wonderful, though I must say you've corrupted me toward off camera strobe. I just got a wireless trigger last week, and umbrellas and stands as well. You started it with all your off camera demos on shootouts. Now I need help figuring it all out! And THEN you flip the switch and go all natural light on me... geesh...

November 29, 2009 - 4:35 PM Matthew Saville - Jennifer, I know what you mean. But it's all about developing your style, and staying unique! I'll be rockin' the flash again very soon. Thanks everyone for commenting! =Matt=

November 29, 2009 - 1:59 PM Harmony Loves - oooh, how I love natural light. theses are beautiful!

November 29, 2009 - 2:04 PM larry reeves - Great job, Matt. I'm SO into natural light right now. I don't even take out the off cam stuff that much. I really dig that B/W with Rachel...great job on that!

November 30, 2009 - 12:46 PM Mary Hurlbut - I love the mood and light you captured at "our" beach

December 1, 2009 - 4:10 PM Jenberry - Wow. those last too are ridiculously awesome. love to see the multiple layers to Mr Saville. cool.

December 2, 2009 - 7:58 PM Alice Hu - I LOVE the photos of Rachel!!!

December 29, 2009 - 6:06 PM Virginia Vo - The photos taken at the beach were pretty darn awesome!!

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