It’s every photographer’s nightmare situation. Shooting at full sunlight in the middle of the day with not a tree or shady haven in sight. Of course, shooting in early morning and evening light gives you the yummy diluted goodness that we all love, but sometimes the option of shooting at those times is just not possible. For those times, don’t panic. The ever brilliant Lindsay Adler is here to share her vast wisdom in the following video clip made available to SLR Lounge from her recent Location Lighting 101 class on CreativeLive.
Watch the 17 Minute Video:
[REWIND: UTILIZING SHADE ON AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT]
Shooting at High Noon Without Shade
Ideally, if you are shooting in this type of situation, you would have a diffuser so you can soften the light and eliminate the harsh dark shadows on their face. If you can’t use a diffuser, Lindsay recommends to turn your subjects’ backs to the sun and look for natural reflectors. You’ll also need to add some fill with an additional reflector to fill in the subject’s face.
Shooting At Noon With Shade
Lindsey then demonstrates shooting her model in open shade. She again uses a reflector to add light to improve the “color, quality and direction of light.” Ideally, while shooting at high noon, you would look for covered shade – like a porch, or doorway. If you don’t have a reflector or a diffuser, Lindsay gives her tip on how to make your own shade by “sandwiching the light” with some $4 foam boards.
The video is just a snippet of Lindsay’s 44 video class, which you can find here. For info on shooting engagement portraits of couples in Natural Light, be sure to check out the SLR Lounge Natural Light Workshop DVD that has many more tips on using the brightest light source available to us photographers to our advantage.