Available Light

Many professional portrait photographers work exclusively with available light. This can include both natural light and artificial light (that’s already in the location) or a combination of the two. When using available light, your challenge is to work with or modify the light that’s already in the scene in order to achieve your desired result.

A Picture of Health | Portrait In Harsh Sunlight

A Picture of Health | Portrait In Harsh Sunlight

A wide range of characters pass through our studio and often there’s a local flavour, as was the case when ...
Using A House As A Reflector

Using A House As A Reflector

Sometimes the best light is from an unexpected source: find out how I used the white wall of a house ...
Shooting portraits in direct sunlight: 3 tips

Shooting portraits in direct sunlight: 3 tips

Many portrait photographers shy away from direct sunlight. The common wisdom is that you can’t capture beautiful portraits in harsh ...
Outdoor Newborn Portrait

Outdoor Newborn Portrait

If it’s hot outside, here’s a newborn portrait that you can replicate. Everything is a potential source of inspiration: this ...
Studio-Style Rim Light With Two Windows

Studio-Style Rim Light With Two Windows

You don't need flash to create a studio-style portrait like this one; you only need a little lighting know-how... One ...
Soft Portraits In Hard Sun

Soft Portraits In Hard Sun

Sunny days are a mixed blessing: lots of light but it can be harsh & unflattering. Here’s how you can ...
Super-Simple Daylight Portrait

Super-Simple Daylight Portrait

You don't need studio flash to achieve a clean, simple portrait with great lighting. This was taken outdoors at the end ...
Topshade & Frames Within Frames

Topshade & Frames Within Frames

You can find top shade and framing devices in most natural and urban environments. These give your portraits great lighting ...
Windowlit Groom’s Portrait at Le Manoir

Windowlit Groom’s Portrait at Le Manoir

We had just a couple of minutes to capture this portrait. To achieve it, I needed to consider the various ...