Using Aux Lighting to Get Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

One way to get well-lit portraits outdoors is to use aux lighting such as a speedlight or softbox. Here are some examples of portraits that I took in different outdoor settings.

Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

With this shot, I definitely wanted to compose it so that the mountain would be on the other rule of third line. Here is the angle I took it at:

I am on the bottom right.

Using Aux Lighting to Get Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

With this image, if you were to focus on the subject itself, the sky would be blown out with highlights. In order to balance out the light, I adjusted the exposure so that the sky would show up, and then compensated how dark the subject would be by adding the flash. Here’s a picture of the setup and flash that I had next to the model:

Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits

 

With this technique you can have a well-exposed subject along with a well-exposed background. Click here to see some more examples of well-lit outdoor portraits.

 

 

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