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06-22-2012, 01:05 PM
I use a lot of natural light and am typically pretty okay with it.. not perfect.. always room for improvement.. but i need some help with a certain type of natural lighting.

I love this style of photo. I know there is definitly PP done on it.. but I am needing help with the setup.. Obviously the sun is to their right backs.. but lighting the face is where i have issues with. I dont think its lit with an umbrella.. am i wrong?I see no lights in thier eyes to indicate there is extra lighting..

Whenever i try this the background is completely washed out when i meter on thier faces, if i meter on the left of the scenery behind them, they are too dark.. its very flustrating.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6182/6054521554_b97b22d0f9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoedennis/6054521554/)
family portrait in natural light in plano texas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoedennis/6054521554/) by zoedennis (http://www.flickr.com/people/zoedennis/), on Flickr

06-22-2012, 02:38 PM
Meter for the face, let the rest fall where it may.

It is possible there is a little bit of fill via reflector here judging by the baby's eyes, but it's weird it sin't there in the adults.
There are many factors for this, but to ME, it appears the sun was blasting through the branches and leaves of a big tree as there is a minute bit of detail behind the family where the tree is and to the left, there is more detail because less light is coming through there.

06-22-2012, 03:52 PM
That photo is all natural light. The timing is what its all about. That and the trees,in the background providing perfect filtering while behind the photog is a large open sky creating soft fill light.

06-22-2012, 04:07 PM
meter for the face, highlights will be blown in camera. Pull them down in post then add a filter/layer etc to get them to not be white where they're blown, but instead that aged yellow look.

06-23-2012, 02:05 AM
Yah, the PP i understand competly..

I would imagine where the sun is that this is a a late evening (golden hour ) photo.. I told my husband he's gonna just have to sit with me in a park while i work this out.. I honestly don't think there is even a reflector.. i looked through the rest of this series, no eye lights..

Thanks for the input..

06-23-2012, 12:58 PM
Look at their necks. There is either fill or PP or both. Don't get too hung up on equipment. The fill could just be a large white house close behind the photographer. But I'm guessing PP was significant. Look at the shadow way back in the baby's collar. It's that diluted gray color that says it was really brightened or dodged a lot.