Soft and beautiful lighting is the quintessential ideal for many portrait photographers, but what do you do when you need to work quickly in multiple locations?
Coming from Taylor Jackson is a behind-the-scenes video of his shooting strategy for portraits and details that he uses during his wedding work. The first half of his presentation goes over several options only using bounce flash while eventually moving into modifier use. Though his breakdown is not technical, Jackson explains and works through several scenes that emphasize that you don’t need light modifiers if you aren’t truly needing to keep your light output in a single direction.
With the emphasis on modifiers and types of lighting at the forefront of the conversations among portrait photographers, it’s nice to see a different way to shoot that removes many of those obstacles. At times, adding more equipment in a scene may be to the detriment of the photography as a whole, while using the scene itself to help create the lighting can help build a much more authentic image that still tells a story.
Do you use a mix of bounce flash and modifiers in your imagery or do you side more with one versus the other? Likewise, are you looking and finding natural light bounce in your scenes like Jackson did to create the directional lighting in your portraits? Share some of your images below and tell us what lighting you used or were looking for.