Natural Lighting Photography for Portraits Tutorial

Natural Light Portrait Tutorials

I’ve recently become inspired to try natural lighting photography portraiture by seeing the work of  Sue Bryce.  Honestly, this is something totally new to me.  In the past I have always used studio flashes such as the Elinchrom D-Lites with softboxes, beauty dishes, and backdrops hung from the affordably priced Linco Background Support System. While this is great for certain types of shoots, it’s not always feasible or called for in portraiture… So I set out to teach myself some new techniques.  For this project all I used was equipment I already had available to me – with one exception: I bought sheer white fabric from Joannes to cover the windows.  I wanted the natural light to come in, but didn’t want it to be to harsh.  This fabric helped convert the sunlight coming through the windows into a giant softbox. I was lucky enough to have an aspiring makeup artist on hand (my girlfriend – thanks Diana!) and a volunteer model (thanks Christina).  I think they both did a wonderful job! I’ve also included studio lighting diagrams to go along with the photos.  To help give you an idea of how each one was shot. Read more »