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How to Conquer Bad Lighting Situations | Lindsay Adler

By Hanssie on July 12th 2015

Arguably the most important aspect of photography, lighting can make or break a photograph. And as a photographer, you’ll find yourself in all sorts of lighting situations. Your sessions will not always have perfectly diffused natural light, so you’ll need to learn how to manipulate light to your advantage, no matter the circumstance.

How to Conquer Bad Lighting Situations | Lindsay Adler

In the following Eyefi webinar, Lindsay Adler shares with us ten terrible lighting situations and how to conquer them. Lindsay is a portrait and fashion photographer and educator based out of Manhattan, and if you’re familiar with her, you’ll know that she is a master photographer and a gifted educator. She has an ability to break down a concept so that it is easily understandable, and this 90-minute webinar is no different.


Lindsay shares the awful situations she’s encountered in her career and how she learned to work with and around the light. Most of what she covers are solutions for natural light or basic speedlights, so this video is geared toward the beginner photographer.



She covers terrible lighting situations such as:

  • Direct Sunlight
  • Direct Sunlight No Shade
  • Florescent
  • Mixed Light
  • Low Light, Outdoors
  • Low Light, No Flash
  • Low Light With Flash
  • Dappled Light
  • Strong Backlight
  • Drab, overcast Light

Lindsay also lists the equipment she uses and recommends getting a better DSLR and fast glass because of their ability of shoot at high ISO and wide apertures to perform and focus better in low light situations. In her kit, she uses a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 85mm f/1.2 and 1.4, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.2 and 1.4.

Watch Eyefi Webinar: Shooting in Horrible Lighting: Tips from Pro Lindsay Adler

If you’re looking to build a foundation of lighting knowledge, be sure to check out our Lighting 101 Workshop DVD to give you all the basics you need for lighting and on camera flash.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Chris Nigul

    canon doesn’t have a 85mm 1.4

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    good tips

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