Portrait lighting on location is so different from shooting in the studio. Instead of having total control of every light, you are really at the mercy of the sun.

This is a fashion shoot. Shooting on the street is fun and the result is kind of unpredictable. The ambient light changes dramatically throughout the day. A perfect shooting spot could turn to a boring one in 10 minutes. Not just we have to see the light we need to act quickly. In this shot, You can see there are many pocket lights fall through this covered area. I needed my model Sacha to stand beside the hand rail and also her hair being lit by the sun. I put my Profoto B2 on camera right. kind of 5 o’clock position. It’s pretty good lighting setup for this situation. It was a sunny day with lots of fast moving cloud. Feels like the ambient light is changing every 30 seconds. My camera and light setting were all over the place. As soon as I got the lighting right, the hair light is gone. The sun is moving too fast! The original spot I picked wasn’t good any more after I got everything setup properly. Eventually I managed to get these two.

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35mm 1/1000s f1.4 ISO 64

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After dealing with fast moving light under the shelter, shooting directly under the harsh sun over the open area almost feel like a bless. Sacha looks awesome, thanks for Cinthia for the great makeup.

35mm 1/2000s f1.4 ISO 31

 

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35mm 1/1600s f1.4 ISO 31

 

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35mm 1/2000s f1.4 ISO 31

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35mm 1/2000s f1.4 IS 50