Gatorboy wrote in post #11741868
Anyone that isn't blind can "see the light" in this case.
He's right, seeing the light is key to great natural light portraits. Many of the greatest portrait photographers prefer to work with available light. Arnold Newman, Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans are but a few and they all learned to "see the light." I prefer natural light and I've worked with probably more studio and location strobes than most that post here for more years. I prefer natural light, not because I don't know how use supplemental lighting, I just prefer natural light, though it can be in some cases, hard to work with and takes a lot of time to learn how to see it and use it correctly.
Well heres a few quotes by some of the greats
"Don’t use a flash out of respect for the natural lighting, even when there isn’t any. If these rules aren’t followed, the photographer becomes unbearably obstrusive." - Henri Cartier-Bresson
"I always prefer photographing in availible light – or Rembrandt-light I like to call it – so you get the natural modulations of the face. It makes a more alive, real, and flattering portrait." - Alfred Eisenstaedt
And about the ability to see.
"Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things." - Edward Steichen
"Photography doesn`t teach you to express your emotions it teachs you to see." - Berenice Abbott
"It's just about seeing. You either see, or you don't see." -Elliott Erwitt
"I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new." - Ernst Haas
"I stopped thinking in terms of objects. I was seeing things, instead, as dynamic events, unique in their own beings yet also related and existing together within a universal context of energy and change." - Wynn Bullock
"Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing" Walker Evans
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE." - Ernst Haas
"The photographer’s most important and likewise most difficult task is not learning to manage his camera, or to develop, or to print. It is learning to see photographically – that is, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes, so that he can instantaneously translate the elements and values in a scene before him into the photograph he wants to make." - Edward Weston
I'm not saying that using natural light is the only way to photograph. I use both natural light and supplemental light all the time. Sometimes just natural/available light if I see that its right and sometimes I use portable or studio strobes, just depends on what i'm trying to achieve. But being able to SEE is the absolute key to everything. To be able to see when the light is right for your visual statement and when its not and then having the abilities to effectively use supplemental lighting is key.
To say that the only reason that someone uses natural light is because they lack the skill to use strobe or supplemental light is just as crazy as to say that the only reason someone uses strobes is because they can't see in natural light.
I prefer natural/available light. Many of my favorite portrait photographers also preferred it. I also prefer to use supplemental light in a way as to mimic natural light when I have to use it much like Irving Penn and Marc Hauser.