Four Steps to Creating Better Natural Light Portrait Compositions

Natural light portraiture is a great way to stay versatile and able to move through a variety of locations and poses quickly without having to deal with the logistics and interruption to your creative workflow presented by lugging around a bunch of lights and modifiers. However, because you can’t control the light, you need to consider your compositions a bit differently. This excellent video tutorial will show you a four-step process for creating better natural light portrait compositions. 

Coming to you from our good friend, Pyle Jirsa, with Adorama TV, this awesome video tutorial will show you a four-strep process for creating more compelling natural light portrait compositions. Natural light sometimes gets a bit of a bad reputation, but it most certainly has its place, particularly since it allows you to be a bit nimbler, which can be a real boon, especially if you are trying to get through a lot of looks or keep someone from being overwhelmed in front of the camera. Where people run into trouble is when they shoot solely natural light because they are afraid to learn how to work with artificial light. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa. 

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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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Pye is such a beast with this type of education. I've been using this same exact process even before I knew Pye but of course he creates the "CAMP" process and now everyone can use it themselves. It's pretty intuitive but it really is the best way to systematically create images easily. Great video!