Natural Light Portraiture – Get A Little Known Secret!

Natural Light Portraiture – Get A Little Known Secret!


This is go to be a pretty good area here
I got the lens cap on great keep that there perfect okay what
we’re going to do is we’re going to look at portraiture and specifically we’re
going to be looking at portraiture first of all with natural light we’ve
got this beautiful Sun setting down behind and then we’re going to look at
portraiture with some flashlights fill in flash now one of the things I wanted
to talk about are what I consider the five key things for good portraiture
first of all it’s communication you need to be able to communicate with your
model or your subject let them know what you need and build a good rapport with
them so that they feel comfortable when you’re photographing them second thing
is your choice of lens your choice of lens is really important for portraiture
very very important now I’m using an 85 millimeter lens here which is a perfect
focal length on the full-frame 35mm format gives a really nice perspective
it’s a very flattering lens for portraiture third thing is aperture the
choice of aperture is imperative now I love to use large aperture lenses for
portraiture in this case this lens is a 1.2 but any lens from 1.8 or above would
be great for portraiture and I’m going to probably be shooting with apertures
from 1.2 to about 2.8 so that I can control the depth of field just to
around the model and then keep some of these wooden posts slightly out of focus
and the blades of grass slightly out of focus so that’s communication choice of
lens choice of aperture the fourth thing that we need is lighting now one of the
myths that you hear in photography is how the photographer should have the Sun
behind him so the light is illuminating the subject well that’s complete
nonsense okay the best lighting is shooting into the light now you can see
what’s happening here on our model Emma the light is coming from behind and it’s
illuminating the hair really really nicely giving this lovely backlit effect
onto the hair so that’s the best way to shoot into the light
now the problem when you’re shooting into the light is that you’re going to
have the shadow side that requires filling in
with light and what we’re going to do to fill in the light is I’ve got our
assistant Fabian here with a standard lastolite round disc reflector and with
the silver side of the reflector I can just gradually bounce a little bit of
light reflecting that light from the Sun back in onto the models face you’re
going to be careful how harsh you don’t want it too harsh but you can see just a
subtle amount can work quite nicely now it’s good to have an extra pair of hands
and our assistant Fabian is going to be controlling that reflector and then the
fifth and final thing is the environment and you can see here we’ve chosen a
really nice location so think about the location and what your backdrop is going
to be so we’re going to use these wooden posts to make part of our picture the
blades of grass and the backlight Sun and then we’ve got this lovely Bank of
grass going off into the distance which is going to make for a really lovely
soft background with that shallow depth of field so I’m going to start shooting
few pictures Fabian is going to control the reflector and then hopefully Emma
will give us a few nice poses and we should get some really nice portraits
now look at camera this time that’s it good a little bit of smile again that’s
it good may even help if you actually go past it that way and just bring it back
in to about there that’s good excellent that’s a nice sexy pose that’s great we
just move my position here good lovely keep that there a little bit more of a
smile for me that’s it great perfect okay so we can see that the reflector
that Fabian is putting in on the shop is working really nicely we’re just getting
that little bit of fill light which is filling in the shadow side of my picture
and I’m shooting into the Sun which is the best way to do it

14 thoughts on “Natural Light Portraiture – Get A Little Known Secret!”

  • Omg!!!! I'm in love with his Englishhhh….it's killing… i think it is the British one right? AAAAA I'll dieeee

  • 85mm is to short for head and sholder portaits. It's prespective forces photographer to get in subjects face. But here the 85mm was a perfect choice. 100mm for facial/head and shoulders…85mm for 3/4 shots. Perfect choice all good advice…plus the model is so cute I don't believe you could get a bad photo with her in the frame.

  • This is not a natural light portrait. This is a low bouncer lit 'me too' sunset instagrammy sh*t. In fact, very few photographers nowadays can handle natural sunlight. That's why they'd rather shoot into the sun and photoshop it up than actually work with the sun. And you don't need a great environment once you're at F1.2-1.8. Your backyard or a parking lot will do for bluring as well.

  • I think the having the sun behind you still works if you are shooting other things than people, but as someone said, maybe that was more for amateur cameras in the old days. 🙂 remember my dad saying that too, when I got my first camera as a kid. Great video, and I love the photos. I just wish I had an assistant lol. I honestly cant think of anyone I could ask to assisting me in my shoots. Well, maybe one day I will.

  • Julio Esteban Perez Escudero says:

    Poor Emma, has to wait until you do all the talking.
    May be next time you can comment after the shooting is done. 😎

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