3 Fantastic Natural Light Setups for Portrait Photos

Natural light can be more versatile than you might think, and with a good understanding of how to shape it and orient your subject within it, you can create a wide variety of compelling photos. This helpful video tutorial will show you three different natural light setups you can use for portraits along with some great tips to get the most out of each of them. 

Coming to you from Justin Laurens, this awesome video tutorial will show you three different natural light setups for portraiture: backlighting, window lighting, and negative fill. While we often talk about the importance of learning to work with artificial light for portraiture, natural light can be an equally effective tool in the right situations, and it can be especially useful in situations in which lugging a bunch of equipment around would be inconvenient or inefficient or you simply do not have the time to set it all up. Beyond that, with the dynamic range and post-processing latitude of modern sensors, you can afford to underexpose your subject more often in backlit situations, giving you a lot more versatility to use natural light in situations where you might have had to resort to strobes previously. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Laurens. 

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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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