Why You Should Always Watch the Light When Shooting Wide Angle Portraits Outside

When you think of a portrait, you probably think of focal lengths mostly between 85mm and 135mm, but, of course, that does not mean you can't use wider focal lengths. A wide angle portrait outside can be a great way to add a sense of drama and adventure to the frame, but you need to ensure you are carefully balancing the light. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to read the light and ensure you get the best possible images.

Coming to you from Katelyn James, this fantastic video tutorial will show you the importance of continuously monitoring the light in sky when shooting outdoor portraits in which the sky is a large component of the frame. An interesting sky can go a long way in making such a portrait more dramatic, but once you move outdoors, you have to contend with more extreme dynamic ranges. This means that if you only pay attention to the exposure on your subject(s), you risk blowing out the highlights in the sky. This can lead to a large, boring, and distracting element in the frame. This means keeping an eye on the exposure across the entire frame and repeatedly checking it as conditions change. Check out the video above for the full rundown from James. 

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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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