Chris Marquardt ... Working with Sunlight

Episode 1605 (59:27)

Chris Marquardt

Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:

Study how the person interacts with the sun, and how the background interacts with the sun.  See how you can alter either to get a better shot. Like a dark, shady background, which will make the person pop thanks to the contrast. Or put the person in the shade and the background in the sun. This can cause backlight and silhouetting, however, to be aware of that.  But you can also use a fill flash to avoid that.  The best, though, is having both the background and the person in the shade. That limits distractions and gives the subject a more even look without harsh, ambient light.

Our next photo assignment is - DOOR. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "DOOR" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "DOOR" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!