When it comes to taking a great photo, artificial lighting can’t replicate what Mother Nature offers—if you know how to put the natural light to good use. Here’s how to turn your face towards the light properly.
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If you've already consulted the previously mentioned Golden Hour Calculator to find the best time of day to take pics but are looking for some more specific ideas for how to put that light to good use, photo tips weblog Digital Photography School offers three specific tips for strategically positioning your subject or yourself according to where the sun casts its rays. For example, if you're dealing with light coming at you from the side, the post suggests the following:
Turn your subject so that only one shoulder is facing the light. Then turn their face 3/4 degrees into the light. This side angle will give you soft transfer edges between the highlights and shadows. This lighting will also add depth to your portrait. Shoot facing your subjects lit shoulder.
For the remaining front and back sun lit tips, check out the full link. If you'd like more ideas on how to foster the sun to secure a good shot, hit up our previous post on ways to create studio quality photos using the sun.
How to Use the Sun to Light Portraits [Digital Photography School]