Simple Lighting Solution
Here is a simple lighting solution when you’re faced with shooting a fashion photograph or a beauty shot using only natural light – at high noon!
This image could have been difficult, but I made it as simple as it gets. It used to be when shooting catalog, editorial, or just about anything using sunlight, I would have to wait for the early morning light or the late afternoon light. At times I could backlight, and I love the look. But to continue shooting throughout the day (even when the sun is directly overhead) can prove to be quite the challenge without using silks and strobes.
Once again, the luxury of time on was not on my side. Moreover, to keep a look and feel to all the ‘lifestyle photography’ I had to keep using natural light. To introduce artificial lighting here would have interrupted the natural feel of all the other images.
So the simple solution: I laid the model on the grass (I’ve done this with flower petals and a myriad of other organic materials) and standing on a step ladder I shot down on her. What this did first and foremost was give the subject an instant face lift. When shooting anyone at that angle gravity can be your best friend 🙂
And the lighting was indeed the sun, however by using a five dollar white beach umbrella I diffused the sun and created a beautiful even light, much like open shade. It can still be tough on the models eyes, so a simple ‘on three’ and shoot can work wonders!