5 Great Available Lighting Portrait Scenarios

While every portrait photographer should learn how to work with artificial light, available light is still a fantastic tool for a lot of applications and can be the better choice in a range of situations. Available light can be more versatile than you might suspect, and this excellent video tutorial five different scenarios that make for fantastic portraits. 

Coming to you from Pye Jirsa with Adorama TV, this great video tutorial will show you how to make use of available light for five different portrait scenarios. While artificial light is great to learn for the unmatched versatility it will offer you, sometimes, available light is the better option. Specifically, working with available light can be a nice choice when you are trying to remain mobile and move quickly, as it keeps you from having to lug around a lot of equipment. And once you learn to read the available light, you will discover that it is more versatile and varied than you might think. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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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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