Helpful Tips for Taking Portraits in Direct Sunlight

When it comes to portraiture, we most often choose light that is soft and flattering on the subject's features. However, that does not mean that direct sunlight is totally unusable for portraiture, and in fact, you can create great portraits with it if you know how to work with it. This excellent video tutorial will give you a wide variety of great tips to improve your portraits in directly sunlight. 

Coming to you from Jessica Kobeissi, this great video tutorial will show you a range of helpful tips for taking portraits in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is often eschewed by portrait photographers because it tends to render the face in an unflattering fashion, but you can often modify it quite easily to make it more conducive for portraits. On the other hand, you can also use direct hard light as it is. I firmly believe that you can make good photos in any sort of light; the key is simply learning to work with the style the light is giving you instead of trying to force another style that isn't right for it. This sort of light can be great for dramatic shots. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Kobeissi.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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