In this discussion we are going to walk you through the nuances of creating Amazing Outdoor Portraits using a 3-Light setup without using Studio or Strobe Lights.
Ever wondered how to take Stunning Outdoor Portraits without using fancy Studio lights, power packs and other expensive instruments? We will tell you how you can do it.
This is achieved through some very common stuffs namely:
1. Standard zoom lens
Although this useful extras can give you some amazing results:
1. Fast prime lens (such as 50mm F/1.8)
2. Telephoto zoom lens
3. Wireless flash trigger
4. Flash diffuser
There are 3 very simple things to improve all kinds of Photography including Outdoor Portraits. Nothing can replace Sharp Focus, Proper Exposure and White Balance.
However, these points might be handy in getting stunning outdoor portraits:
1. Never select all focus points for portraits, use one.
2. Always focus on the Eyes.
3. Shoot wide-open for shallow depth of field.
4. Never ever shoot less than 50mm always be 70mm or higher.
5. Always shoot RAW.
6. Bring a Gray card or Gray scale for White Balance.
So, now what are the 3-Light set-up stand for:
Light#1: This is the main (key) light and is used to establish the pattern and overall exposure settings
Light #2:This one is the fill light and is used (or not used) to fill in the shadows created by the main. This one should be set at the same or less intensity as the key light so that it doesn’t cast its own shadows.
Light #3: This is the background (separation) light and is used to visually separate the subject from the backdrop. It is placed behind the subject and can be aimed either at the background or at the subject.
Here is an Example of a 3-Light Set..
First, we set our Model by placing the Sun at the back of the model (sun’s rays should not fall upon camera). This acts as the rim light seperating the model from the Background. This acts as Light#3.
Then we place the reflector in front and to the side of the model to reflect the light from the sun to highlight or brighten the darker portions of the face of the model. We can move the reflector towards or away from the model depending upon the intensity of the light or the exposure we want. This is acts as Light#2.
Then we place another reflector to the perfect angle and distance from the model which will fill in the shadows and become our fill light. This acts as Light#1.
The above three light set is easy to create, costs next to nothing, and gives you professional quality portraits.
Today’s portrait photography photo tip demonstrates that you don’t need actual lights to create a three light portrait photography set! Reflectors and the sun will do the job very nicely!