hey there today Tony and I are taking you to Harkness State Park to teach you everything you need to know about taking portraits outside can be a little bit tricky you got to get your camera settings right you've got to choose the right lens for yourself take a good spot compose it – the background is really pretty we'll walk you through every part of it the first thing we want to do now that we're here is choose our background now here at Harkness we have a number of options we have a beautiful pergola back here we have some greenery and we even have the ocean on the other side it's a really hazy day so the sky is very nice so we'll probably try going with some greenery as a background or the pergola one important thing is that you don't want your background to be so busy that it distracts from your subject I can also control the background by raising the camera or lowering the camera just using my knees look how much it changes from here to when I lower it down and get the different background in lighting is really important you want to avoid the hard sunlight you never want the Sun to be in your models eyes because even though it's dappled light Chelsea has some hard sunlight poking through the trees and let's check out what the look of that is lots of weird shadows so Chelsea I'm just going to have you step half a step to your left perfect what a difference the shade makes but you might notice that some of your pictures in the shade have soft even light but not enough catch light in the eyes if you need some fill flash you can use a flash with a diffuser or bouncer like the rogue flashbender you won't always need a flash but it's good to be prepared I like to dial in about negative one and a half or negative two stops of flash exposure compensation just to dial down the overall brightness so it's not overwhelming if you're shooting in full Sun with a fast lens you'll probably need to use high-speed sync or HSS never hurts to have it on if you're unsure here's a tip to remember add flash to darken an overexposed background the camera compensates for the extra life in the flash by reducing the overall exposure as a result Chelsea's face stays the same brightness but the background gets darker because the life in the flash doesn't reach that far some people like primes for portraits but me I like zooms because they can easily zoom from a wide shot to a nice tight shot makes the whole shoot just go faster I also like a fast lens with a low f-stop number like this 7200 f28 check out the difference when shooting at f28 and the higher f-stop number maybe the hardest part of portraits is posing the hands if the hands are in the shot you don't want to see the backs of somebody's hands if possible have them turn sideways or hidden away I'm also demonstrating putting something out of focus in the foreground just a great way to add a little touch to the picture a little something extra one more thing about the hands if they're closer to the camera they're going to be more prominent in the frame if you bring them more into the same depth of field as your subjects then they're going to be proportionate to your subject every few minutes take a moment to review your shots closely by zooming in all the way on your LCD screen in particular look for hair that's falling in front of the face well a few flyways are inevitable a chunk of hair in front of the face like this is difficult to fix in Photoshop it's much easier just to ask your model to fix their hair always check the edges of your frame you want to crop between the joints between say the wrist and the elbow or the knee and the ankle or the knee and the hips never write our joint and you don't ever want to just barely clip fingers either crop well in or leave plenty of room for full body shots your model will look thinner if they visually separate their arms from their body you're planning to make eight-by-ten prince remember you're going to have to crop an inch off of both sides so shoot a little bit wider than you might otherwise land a crop we tried to grab some shots of Chelsea in the grass but the sky was too bright nobody looks good when they're squinting either block the light with the diffuser or choose a different spot if you absolutely must shoot into the Sun sometimes you can get a few frames by having the model close their eyes count to three and then open their eyes wide when you absolutely have to put your subject in the Sun bring in a second hand and diffuser to make the shade Justin will just hold the diffuser up between the Sun and Chelsea and castor and shadow check out the difference between direct Sun and the diffuser I can control the line of the horizon by bending my knees down low the horizon Falls a rule of thirds and because it's behind hurt it adds depth if I were to stand up and hide that horizon the picture is much less interesting you'll never get the horizon perfectly level when shooting portraits leave a little room to crop so you can straighten the horizon and post if you decide to go off level twisted far enough so it looks deliberate that's known as a Dutch tilt the wind was just too intense so we wrapped up the shoot if you liked that video hit subscribe to see more like it new videos every Tuesday Thursday and Saturday and of course check out our three books stunning digital photography Berlin photographic techniques Lightroom books for learn post-processing and our photography buying guide touch all Doug here thanks look like Jer thanks

Outdoor Portraits Essentials: Natural Light Photography, Fill Flash & Diffusers

36 thoughts on “Outdoor Portraits Essentials: Natural Light Photography, Fill Flash & Diffusers

  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    ⚡Get the flash bender on Amazon http://help.tc/flashbender
    📸Canon 70-200 f/2.8 on Amazon http://help.tc/CanonPortrait

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    I was watching this then I was like this is right by my house and I love shooting at harkness 😂

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    amezing photoshot

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Tony, you are a lucky SOB, Chelsea= smart and intelligent, gorgeous woman, great personality and a great photographer!! Is she a mom? if so, I bet she is a wonderful Mommy as well. Enjoy and thanks to both for sharing your knowledge of photography. 😉

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Not faltering, end results did not reflect photo talk

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Love robot Chelsea 🙂

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    What’s a pergila? I thought it was pergola 😂

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Great video 👍

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Very informative. Thank you

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Wow you guys really do put up great content

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    This is my favorite of the videos I've seen from you folks. Very practical and economical in terms of delivering usable tips. When you mention a technique you follow it almost immediately with an image that demonstrates how that technique affects images. Good job.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Embarrassing novice question – I've purchased the Godox X1T transmitter and receiver for my Canon speedlite. I'm purchasing a second speedlite (Canon 600 EXii-RT). Do I have to purchase a second receiver to have both speedlites fire simultaneously?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    How To use Outdoore Photography Best Modal Camer &lense

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Learn how to take gorgeous outdoor portraits with any camera, whether your working with a model or your family. We'll show you how to use natural light, how to add light from a flash or speedlight, and how to use an inexpensive diffuser to make soft, flattering light in any conditions. Tony shows

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Hi my name is DEREIS Garner I brought one of your book and I love it I also like the video of out door portraits.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Was that a shot to the kenards @5:30?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    I really like this! Just got a flash and this helps me know how to use it a little bit better.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    I like the one at 4:58………it’s cute.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    You two are great photographers. Chelsea, you are very pretty.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    What flash are you using with the flash bender?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    bro I have 6d Mark 2. I didn't know about photography ..I want to learn…and I want to join u ..work with u

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    love your videos, new subscriber here !!! thanks !!!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Please which camera did you use?

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Well explained just got a new nikon D7200 and I have a Nikon D7100

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    That intro sounds familiar. Ah bee family. 😊

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Love this video. You're not just taking good photographs, you're making good photographs. Really appreciate your tips on how to pose as much as how to be the photographer.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    you guys are awesome!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Ask her to show her tits

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Very useful. Thanks!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    This is great info! Thanks so much guys!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    Love it when your model participates in the technical instructions rather than just standing around looking uninterested until they have to pose.

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