How to shoot a dark and moody portrait in the middle of the day

Overpower daylight with portable flash for an atmospheric outdoor portrait.

Although this image looks as though it was taken after dusk, as you’ll see from the video it was actually captured during a fairly bright but cloudy day.

In the video, I explain how I overpowered the ambient light using a battery-powered soft box, and how you can do the same with any portable flash.

Tech Details:

  • Camera: Nikon D800E
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRii at 150mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter Speed: 1/180
  • Aperture: f19
  • Profoto B1 Strobe with 1m x 1m Softbox

Concepts Covered In This Video