7 Natural Light Portrait Photography YouTube Videos

Strobes, speedlights...who needs them? Here are 7 great natural light portrait YouTube photography tips.

Craig Becta shows you how to effectively shoot a model in harsh midday sunlight and get great results with reflectors and diffusion, using a  just 5 in 1 reflector. A must buy for any aspiring portrait photographer.

If you are shooting a portrait shot at the Golden Hour, then Jessica Kobeissi can help you with these essential tips, such as shooting with the sun behind the model. She also reveals some posing tips too.

If you ever find yourself near bright sunlight, yet you happen to be shielded by the shade, then call on Mark Wallace who will show you how to take stunning 'Open Shade' portrait photography!

Miguel Quiles shoots wide open at f/1.8 in the studio, utilising light coming in through the patio window.  He simply uses a handheld reflector and a collapsible backdrop and makes well exposed shots, making sure that the eyes are in focus!

If you struggle for space and equipment, then fear not.  This video is shot in a tiny kitchen with just a small window for light and a piece of white cardboard for the reflector.  Great tips with a simple set up, this is excellent if you are just starting out…

If you are shooting in a busy location and are wondering which aperture and lens to use to produce atmospheric shots and retain a sense of the hubbub in your photos, then look no further than ‘Weekly Imogen’ who knows how to get great natural light portraits in crowds!

Finally Jared Polin proves that you can take cool, natural light portraits not only anywhere, as he is taking photos in a junk filled warehouse, but also with a 600mm lens! Once again, soft window light is the star of the show….

Well, there you have it, seven educational and informative natural light portrait photography videos. Look out for future photography video tips, coming soon...

Studio Photography - Why Am I Not Outside In The Sunshine?

I love to work in the Studio.  It is immensely satisfying having complete control of the photographic process, from pre-planning to post processing.

Styling the scene to my own taste, by positioning the product or Still Life item exactly where I want and utilising the plethora of props that I have at my disposal, using Compositional rules such as The Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines, in order to create an organic composition, gives me full control of my studio photography.

Thinking about how I will light the product or scene, how I will make the mundane, everyday object, look stylish and beautiful, is like revisiting Art classes at school (without punitive teachers and irritating classmates).  I can let my creative imagination run wild.  

When it finally comes to actually lighting the Still Life, positioning the lights, choosing the correct power output, picking the right diffusion for the job, I feel like I am a music composer, picking the necessary instruments, creating the perfect harmonies and finally giving birth to a beautiful musical composition.

I use Lightroom and Photoshop to create the final mood and feeling.  The ultimate vision, that initially, lay in the right portion of my brain, is brought to fruition with the power of post processing, adding the final tone and sheen.

If the lighting and photographic process gives the Still Life the beauty, it’s the post processing that adds the emotion.  

The awesomeness of working in Studio Photography is that I can make snap second reflections on my shooting process and choose a different prop, a Grid Spot instead of a Strip Box, a Gradient instead of a coloured background. I can spent time making a perfect composition, completely of my own creation.

I can patiently make changes whilst viewing the shot on the Monitor with Live View; the modelling lights on the strobes give me an idea of where the light will fall and where the shadows come into play. I can work with the set in real time.  

Each shot taken will be reviewed and analysed.  The set and Exposure can be readjusted if needed, and then re-shot until I get the final result.

It is having that complete control of the photographic environment, being the Master Puppeteer of the artistic vision, that I or somebody brings to me, is what makes Studio Photography so worthwhile.

As a Still Life & Product Photographer, I can be my own complete film crew, set designer, cameraman, director and editor and it is the Product that is the star.

And I get to listen to my own music ;)