Lighting with Natural Light for Beginners

A course by Zony Maya , Photographer

Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2018

Learn to make the most of sunlight to create portraits with your reflex camera

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (268)
  • 4133 students

Learn to make the most of sunlight to create portraits with your reflex camera

New gadgets and technologies appear on the market every day that take digital photography a step further, from revolutionary cameras to magical improvements in editing software. One of the most important elements, however, remains the same—the sun.

In this online course, learn to harness sunlight in your photographs alongside Zony Maya, Mexican photographer and teacher of the Domestika course Flash Photography and Artificial Lighting for Beginners, where he teaches how to create great photos with very few resources.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 17 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (268)
  • 4133 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 15m)
  • 17 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Take a series of photographs of people or objects making the most of natural light, and applying everything you've learned in the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photography beginners who want to learn how to use sunlight, to illuminate well on a low budget.

Requirements and materials

You need an SLR camera and to know how to use it in manual mode, as well as a series of materials that you can find in any stationery store.


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Zony Maya

A course by Zony Maya

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Zony Maya is a Mexican photographer and visual artist. He has a degree in communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Escuela Activa de Fotografía, and la Academia de Artes Visuales, and is passionate about using photography and video to create his projects.

He received a FONCA grant and a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship as well as a master's degree in photography, video, and media from the School of Visual Arts New York. His work has been exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Manifesta 11 European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Switzerland, and the XIII Bienal de Fotografía at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico.

He has collaborated with brands such as Nestlé, Bimbo, Puma, GNP, and Palacio de Hierro, along with publications such as National Geographic, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and Gatopardo. He currently shares his knowledge through workshops and conferences in different countries across America, Asia, and the Middle East. He is also an ambassador for Canon and founder of the Maya-Barrón Scholarship.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The light

    • How do our eyes see natural light?
    • The color temperature of the light
    • White balance
    • 7 ways to illuminate with sunlight
  • U3

    Transforming natural light

    • What is hard light and what is diffused light?
    • The bounces with natural light
    • The diffusers with daylight
    • The importance of flags
  • U4

    Control of lighting

    • The contrast of light
    • The 360 ° rule
    • Window light
    • How to control the light at noon?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Lighting with natural light for beginners

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Lighting with Natural Light for Beginners. Photography, and Video course by Zony Maya

Lighting with Natural Light for Beginners

A course by Zony Maya
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (268)
  • 4133 students