10 Reasons for Primitive Light Photography (and why I chose this as my tagline)

Photography is such an interesting hobby and industry.  Equipment is now more affordable and accessible than ever before as well as the vast array of tutorials and information.  Speaking of information......

The specialty - "Natural Light Photography" and the wide array of opinions......



You MAY have noticed a new tagline on my header....Primitive Light Photography.  Here is my explanation:  I am in awe of those professional and hobbyist photographers who have mastered and are learning various forms of lighting including flash, speedlights, softboxes, etc.  but that is NOT me at this moment in time.  At the same time, I do not want to fall under the opinion of some that those who favor "natural light" are just afraid to learn their flash, cannot afford the lighting equipment, or simply choosing to make themselves sound elite.

NOPE...not me......

I choose to call my process "Primitive Light Photography" for these reasons:
  1.  I want to completely understand my camera's modes and settings through experimentation with the light that is available at the time.
  2.  I want to "study" light and watch how it transforms all that is around me from the early morning hours to just before dark.
  3. I want to study shadows and angles to find the best "mood" for the image
  4. I want to utilize light from various windows, interior spaces, candles, etc. in order to understand the styling/composition process
  5. I loved the sound of "primitive" rather than "natural" as it sounded primeval, simple, and basic
  6. I want to focus my still life photography niche on what feels right to me and not a title that I must adhere to according to the status quo
  7. I want to discover really unique ways of "painting my light" and sharing the process with you - I want to share my successes and failures as that makes this process "real" for me
  8. My photography style is "primitive" in that the props, styling, and settings I favor all lean towards a utilitarian and basic mood - taking the everyday, worn-out, cast-off prop, and staging it to appear stunning
  9. I want those who will view my images to "pause and feel" - perhaps a memory comes to mind or it triggers a new creative endeavor
  10. I want to take images that take the simple and make it special, the forgotten to be remembered, and the unique to be surprising
Whew!..... that was a lot of "I's" and I suppose breaks the blog protocol of speaking to your audience and not at them.....please know that using this method makes my goals real, makes ME accountable, and forces me to stay on track and focused.  Maybe making an "I" list of your own will guide/focus you too?


I have visited many many beautiful blogs produced by very talented individuals and often wondered how they keep their goals and plans focused as it all appears so effortlessly gorgeous.  How did they find their specialty/niche?  How did they choose the editing process they use most often?  Why LightRoom?  Why Canva?  Why weddings, or portrait, or newborn photography? The list goes on and on.......

All of this being said, I will watch the light, I will study the shadows, I will use my white/black foam core board to move the light, and I will always seek out the props that speak to me in the hopes they speak to you, my blog friends.

Which reminds me...my fall/winter prop inventory/organizing will begin next week and at that time, I have plans to show you a couple of unique finds from this past summer....a handmade wooden rowboat (saved from a burn pile) as well as the most amazing wood utility cart with those awesome metal warehouse-ish wheels, and two chairs I am re-doing with a cold galvanizing compound and utility sacks!!

I am anxious to hear your opinions, suggestions, and recommendations!!

JoanMarie