How to Use Natural Light for Stunning Outdoor Portraits

I think we can all agree that the best lighting for portraits is natural light.

But sometimes natural light needs a little bit of help…

Whether that’s using fill flash or a reflector to fill in shadows, positioning the model in the shade, or simply having the model rotate to get the best lighting, there are plenty of easy solutions for the obstacles you might encounter when taking portraits outside.

With that said, here’s a few outdoor portrait tips that will help you learn how to use natural light for portraits.

Find Some Shade


Perhaps the easiest way to mitigate the problems with outdoor portrait lighting is to simply find some shade.

As you can see above, heading outside on a cloudy day will help to protect against harsh highlights and deep shadows on the model’s face and body.

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