How to Soften Middle of the Day Lighting for Portraits

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Dan over at Adorama recently completed a quick and very informational video showing photographers how they can tame harsh middle of the day lighting when shooting portraits. He uses a giant six foot scrim to soften the sunlight and therefore make the scrim the main light source. What he also does is adds a bit of fill light into the scene with a reflector–which helps bring back lots of details.

After the jump, you can see the video for yourself. While the tip itself is excellent and a great way to ensure you get more flattering images and easier exposures in natural light, what he’s doing is quite expensive. The scrim and reflector themselves are quite costly and this process can be done much more affordably. For $5.95, a photographer can use Adorama’s own Flashpoint 5-in-1 reflector and a similar effect can be rendered with a 66″ reflector for $64.35. Which basically means that this look can be created for well under $100.

We’ve got a massive roundup of tutorials involving natural light portraiture on our site too.