Lighting Tips for Outdoor Headshots

When shooting headshots outside, it is important to light your subject, but also have a well lit background. Natural light does not always allow for this, so adding in extra lighting may be necessary. In the image below, my camera settings are set to get a great background and then I added a continuous light and a reflector to light up my model.

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While using extra lights can be necessary, sometimes you get lucky and get amazing natural lighting. Below are two images where I didn’t need extra lighting. This first one only needed some saturation edits on his face. It was cold outside and his face was red in some places.

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This last one is almost straight out of camera. I bumped up the saturation a little bit to color the background and give his face a little color as well and then lit up his eyes.

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