Taking pictures outdoor within the shiny noon solar scares the pants off plenty of portrait photographers. And for good motive. The cruel noon gentle when the solar’s excessive within the sky isn’t notably flattering. Until you go into open shade (and even that’s not at all times a assure), there’s actually no approach you possibly can place your self and your topic that the solar is presenting flattering gentle in your topic.
But it surely doesn’t should be so dangerous and also you don’t must actively keep away from it, as Jiggle Alejandrino factors out on this video. He loves taking pictures outside portraits within the noon solar (and, so do I!) and explains why he loves it and the way he overcomes the challenges of taking pictures at the moment of day utilizing flash.
Utilizing flash is a improbable approach to overcome the challenges of the pure gentle in a scene. In actual fact, it’s just about its sole motive for present. The one draw back of utilizing flash on location is that it’s extra gear to hold. Certain, generally you would possibly be capable of get away with a speedlight however at different instances, you would possibly want a giant 600Ws strobe and a 5ft octabox to essentially get the look you’re going for. I’ve used that strobe and field combo out on location in the course of nowhere, too. It’s not enjoyable to hold, however the advantages it could actually present to your brief far outweigh a bit of short-term discomfort.
Jiggie reveals how he augments the pure gentle with flash by having it come from roughly the identical path because the solar. This makes plenty of sense on a large shot since you need the sunshine in your topic to match the sunshine in the remainder of the scene. You additionally need the shadows to match up, too. However for those who’re getting into for a tighter portrait shot, I’m a giant fan of utilizing that prime solar as a hair gentle from simply barely behind the topic with a flash and softbox as the important thing to gentle what would in any other case be a black gap the place a face ought to be.
There are such a lot of methods you need to use flash outdoor to beat dangerous daylight, although. You simply must cease being afraid of it and go on the market and experiment!