How to Deal With Harsh Sunlight in Portrait Photography

The beauty of working with flash is that you can walk into any lighting situation and shape it to your creative vision and needs, and that frees you from relying on the sun to cooperate and to dictate your shoot's timing and location. Perhaps no scenario is more challenging than harsh midday light. This helpful video tutorial will show you how to use off-camera flash to work with that harsh light to create compelling portraits. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this excellent video tutorial will show you two different ways to tackle difficult, hard light using off-camera flash, including high-speed sync and ND filters. No doubt, midday sun is something that is avoided by most photographers, as it generally produces harsh, unflattering light, but being able to work with any sort of ambient light is the mark of a professional, and you will find it far more creatively freeing. On top of that, that harsh light can create dramatic contrasts across the landscape that can add a lot of visual interest to the frame. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino. 

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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