Direct afternoon sun NO PROBLEM!

As photographers we need to learn to master ANY lighting circumstance. Here is an example of direct sunlight in the afternoon (3:25pm). I put the model with the sun hitting her at the angle I wanted, then put a diffusion screen to soften the light LOTS between her and the sun. I made sure I had a background that was in the shade to keep her brighter than my background. Next I added a reflector for some more punch in the highlight + one to back lighting her thus creating more depth and dimension. The background being in shade also gives it a colder color temperature (bluer) which creates the feeling of more distance. The picture is photographed at 180mm. f4.6 This is one more sample from my Photographing People Part 1 class (all levels). The International School of Photography. (

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