Balancing the Exposure of the Natural Backlighting and Model

This natural light photography course will help you master a number of different techniques when using just natural light and your camera.

In this photography class Karl and the team stumble upon a great shooting location when out and about shooting. Using just a simple reflector and natural light Karl is able to get some stunning results. He explains how you have to think on your feet and adjust your settings as you shoot to compensate for the ever changing qualities of natural light.

With the right location and conditions, simple and affordable accessories can help you capture a magical shot, which you can clearly see in this class.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography using natural light
  • How to use natural light for outdoor portraits
  • Affordable accessories for photography
  • How to use a reflector for outdoor portraiture
  • How to balance natural light
  • Creative composition for outdoor portrait photography

Note: This course is available with English subtitles.

Comments

  1. LOVE THE VIDEO and such beautiful tips that we often miss otherwise.

    Just thought to check: you clicked the last few images at 1/4000 of the second. Doesn’t it cause a shake in the image? Kindly simplify the logic in a few lines so that I can keep that in mind.

    1. Hi, 1/4000th of a second is a very fast shutter speed so this would mean there would be no shake? Did you mean 1/40th of a seccond which is quite a slow shutter speed? If you are careful and you and your subject are quite still and you are not using a telephoto lens then it is possible to shoot handheld to 1/20th with practise. The general rule is not to use a shutter speed less than your focal length. So for example if you were using a 50mm lens then it would be best to use shutter speeds of 1/50th and above to avoid possible camera shake.

  2. Hello Karl, I appreciate every work you produce.

    On this, something puzzles me, still. You’ve been shooting at 1/4000s to have details in the background. But now let’s say you had to darken a bit more, would the light reflected on the model be affected accordingly?

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi, yes she would. All of the light here is ‘ambient’ light only – that is the light is all natural light from the sun/sky/clouds and the light that is on the model’s face is from the reflector that is bouncing light back from the sun/sky/clouds. The only way to change the exposure level on the models face compared to the rest of the scene is to change the angle of the reflector to make it more effective or to move it closer. If everything was exaclty the same and we made the shutter speed (or aperture) create less exposure then we would also have less exposure on the model.

  3. Hello Karl,

    In the video I can see the sky is bright and washed out but in the amazing final photo, I can see nice clouds. Is that caused by the 1/4000 shutter speed ?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Dundy, the recording latitude of the stills camera shooting in RAW is greater than that of the video camera which means you can get more shadow and highlight detail from the image file. The video guy was also most of the time exposing for me presenting the video and I was dressed in dark clothes on the shadow side with no reflector on me which meant the video guy had to lift his exposure to get me correctly which meant he was actually mostly overexposed on the model which would have pushed his sky exposure over. See also some of our videos using graduated filters with flash for solving overexposed skies and models.

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