Photographing an engagement session in a wide open field on a sunny day may seem like a portrait photographer’s nightmare. In this video, on-location lighting specialist Zach Gray touches on a few quick tips for incorporating strobe lighting when photographing a couple outdoors.
It’s common for photographers have a “mental block” when it comes to using off-camera flash. Portable strobe lighting can look intimidating and cumbersome, but is actually quite simple to use well enough to generate impressive results. In this video, Gray varies the focal length to either create a wide and sweeping view or to give the mountains a greater presence in the composition. He uses two strobes and demonstrates popular techniques for lighting men and women differently, to produce environmental portraits that are either more edgy or more evenly lit. He shows that the simple act of lying on the ground to shoot a couple from a low angle is another easy way to create variety with your portraits.
A portable lighting system might not be something that a wedding photographer would want to bring to every engagement session. But for the right location and for the right clients, having this additional tool at your disposal is a great way to make your photos stand out.