We are often taught that when it comes to portraits, soft light is the most flattering, while hard light, which introduces stark shadows and emphasizes skin texture, is to be avoided. While it is true that softer light is considered more flattering, that does not mean you should never use hard light; in fact, it can be fantastic for the right look and scenario. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to shoot and edit a portrait shot in hard, direct sunlight.
Coming to you from Justin Laurens, this great video tutorial will show you how to shoot and edit a portrait shot in hard, direct sunlight. While traditionally, portraits are shot with softer light, using hard light in the right circumstances can produce results that full of dramatic contrast and deep, saturated colors. And of course, it never hurts to add another look and technique to your creative toolkit. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Laurens, and give it a try on your next shoot.
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!"