Direct sunlight light is known for really bright highlights, really dark shadows, and it is not flattering for portraits. Join Lindsay Adler, fashion and portrait photographer, in Central Park at high noon where she teaches you how to take control of midday light. You’ll learn how to use diffusers to even out the light, how to use reflectors to fill in the light, and how to take advantage of a variety of other tools and techniques to conquer midday light.
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Lindsay introduces the concepts covered in this class and discusses her go-to gear.
The first strategy for conquering midday light is to look for available shade and get your subjects into it.
Full shade is great, but dappled shade presents real challenges. This is where having a diffuser to create even shade can save the day.
Your environment may provide natural reflectors in the form of a white wall, an expanse of concrete, or some other neutral colored subject getting hit with direct sunlight.
Another strategy is to try to work with the light by posing your subject in ways that can take advantage of the high contrast situation.
Sometimes something as simple as a piece of foam core can create just the right amount of shade to get the shot.
There are a few solutions out there for large diffusion materials, from giant shoot-through parabolic umbrellas to a variety of scrims that range in size and light cutting amount.
Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. For the past 10 years she has owned and operated a portrait, fashion, and wedding studio distinguished…