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It is possible to shoot portraits in harsh mid-day sunlight – as long as you have a way to make shade that is.

The portrait of Tim, a cowboy modeling for us during our Palouse workshop, was made in harsh mid-day sunlight.

In order to get the sweet light you see on his face, we moved Tim inside a barn near the large barn door. There was virtually no light in the barn. But the big open sky was several stops brighter than the barn. By positioning Tim inside the barn, but near the door, we were able to get nice light on the model without causing him to squint or dealing with harsh shadows created by harsh light.


Copyright Bambi Cantrell

Here you can see the door.  By simply subtracting light, not adding it, we were able to make pleasing portraits of the model, regardless of the harsh noonday sunlight.

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