5 Ways To Take Your Natural Light Portrait to Another Level – Photography Tips episode 2

what’s up guys Yvens B be here summer is
at the door which means one thing we’re shooting outdoors shooting
outdoors requires one thing understanding our natural light works
for your own style in this video slash behind the scenes
I’ll show you five ways to take the natural light portrait to another level
here they are tip number one use a background and contrast with your
subject the issue you will face when making natural light portraits is that
you cannot perfectly control the subject light exposure versus the background a
way to fight this is to use the power of contrast to make his subject pop in the
environment a quick example here as if your subject has fair skin and
hair like the model you see in this video
plus if she’s wearing mostly light clothing placing her next to something
dark like that green silo will help create contrast separating the subject
from the background thus creating a pop the opposite is also true a subject with
dark features of clothing on a light textured wall for an example is also a
great way to make the subject stand out try it out for yourself the next tip
will help you plan your shoot for a better natural light session tip number
2 Sun position time of the day and weather conditions matters these are not
firm rules by any means but shooting at noon or at high Sun on a clear day is
generally more much more difficult than shooting an hour or 2 before sunset when the
Sun is at its zenith or high point you tend to see these squint of looks from
your subject since the light is at its highest intensity making your portraits
just a bit more difficult depending on where you live when you shoots two or
three hours past Xena to get a much more manageable natural light if you
absolutely have to shoot at noon or high Sun tip number five will definitely help
you bridge that gap between a very harsh light and a soft light so make sure to
wash your rest of this video so now I can hear you but what about the weather
weather conditions will change the mood of you portrait session if you’re going
for a movie or a throw or desaturated look
like the weather conditions in this video a cloudy day will be perfect for
your portrait session a fun weather condition is in between cloudy and Sun
where the sky is touching by the clouds it can make for a really interesting
look if you know what you’re doing sunny days are also awesome for those
bright and saturated pictures where you see people having a good time
the next step will help you with your in camera settings tip number three shoot
raw recent cameras are awesome the dynamic range at the offer is really
amazing and can be advantages when using natural light shooting in a native RAW
format of your camera can save photos from unusable to actually decent it
trick that some photographers use to take full advantage of the cameras
capabilities is called foul pushing foul pushing or also called shoot to edit is
still the controversial term in the photo world as purists tend to want
perfect exposure in camera but that’s not our goal here just to take a look at
photo forums online I understand why people are really really really really
mad about it so what is FAL pushing a file pushing is simply under exposing a
certain element of your camera and pushing it in post so you can recover
more details we all know that it’s easier to recover underexposed photos
versus recovering blown out or overexposed photos so we’re taking
advantage of that technology first set your camera to raw
then during your portrait session under expose your portrait by half a stop or a
full stop depending on the conditions you want to
achieve to make sure you’re not going too far just make sure your histogram
has a great spread like in these examples when you get to your editing
station import the rows into Camera Raw or your editing software such as capture
one there are three main sliders you can play in Camera Raw to correct basic
exposure 1 exposure exposure will influence the entire images brightness 2
shadows shadows slider in the camera raw or recover underexposed shadows in your
images 3 highlights highlights recover areas of your image that are over
exposed or near 255 as an RGB value so right now you just have to play around
with the sliders until you find something you like and it’s to restyle
and voila you now have a decent image to edit so the next step is one of the best
tip for portraits you can actually find in any situations tip number four when
the light is your best friend what is better than those big frosty window
light when the light is a rapping soft light they have the career of many many
photographers if I see a window I try to see if there’s something interesting
there and if you want to make that natural that extra soft for your
portrait session just add windows tears to soften the light if the Sun is
blazing that day or if just for a very dreamy mood for it fail add a V flat to
the opposite side of the subject to raise shadows or use it as a solid
background if whatever is behind your subject is boring or ugly for the last
tip or present you to an expensive tool to use in your natural light portraiture
final tip number five reflectors and screams are your friend if your session
is at noon on a sunny day and the time cannot be moved screams or reflector
will be tremendously helpful there are solutions out there other than
flash or strobes first our scrims scrims are simply a diffusion fabric that
softens any light maybe the Sun or a flash typical screams us calls crimson
and solved by many companies such as Westar or can be actually be made at
home you can use a lot of different materials to behave like a scrim such as
cotton or even shower curtains in a pinch
placing the scrim will soften the light on your subject skin helping achieve
that dreamy slash foggy look that is so sought after to boot people with blue or
pale as well tell you like the subject in this video that sunlight is very
difficult to deal with since they’re much more sensitive to intense sunlight
please sing a scream on top of them will show them for that harsh light plus will
soften the light for your camera and help those actually use subject with
pale light color everyone wins special note the screams can be a pain
on a high windy day since they act like a sail
having an assistant or a bunch of sandbags here will be useful as you can
see I tried miserably to do it myself and it wasn’t Pleasant reflectors are a
great way to control the light in most situations and every photographer should
own a five in one reflector every photographer regardless of your style
natural eye photographer or straw based reflectors are a key tool to use the Sun
as a means to either illuminate your subject or rain shadows the different
colors in the five and one so silver gold white negative fill or a scrim will
bounce lights to create different highlights simply walk around your
subject to find the best angle the deflector again here a resistance is
really helpful to hold the screen in a very bizarre manner so my question to
you is do you have any other tips please share them in the comments below for the
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