In my last journal I asked you guys to bring any questions you had to me. EllenEinkauf asked the following:
"What are ways for a photographer without a lot of equipment to get good lighting for portraits. I don't have a studio or backgrounds or any umbrellas. What techniques can you get from a simple flash or with other artificial lights?"
Now I've always been a fan of learning in bits and chunks and starting off simple. So what is the cheapest light source we have readily available? The sun! The sun is a small contrasty light source that can be manipulated.
First is direct sunlight. Sunlight during midday is harsh and it isn't very flattering because it creates deep shadows over the eyes due to the eye brows. Most photographers prefer to shoot when the sun is low in the sky, about an hour or two after sunrise or before sun set. This creates dramatic angled light
Next, lets take shooting in the shade. Outdoor shade is lit by indirect sunlight diffused by the