How Sue Bryce Creates Her Own Natural Light Look with Strobes

Sue Bryce is a titan of the photography education circuit, with thousands upon thousands of photographers flocking to her workshops and events in an attempt to learn from the queen of glamour portraiture. Bryce has largely built this reputation over the years as an exclusively natural light photographer, but that has all changed now.

According to Bryce, she was at a conference and saw a presentation by Lindsay Adler, who was utilizing some profoto lighting. She decided she wanted to give studio lighting a try and went out to purchase some profoto lights, and after spending some time to get used to the lights, she was hooked.

Now, Bryce shoots primarily with a Profoto B1 setup with two strobes. She uses this setup to mimic her natural light portrait work, but with the control and consistency, she needs to be able to shoot whenever and wherever she wants, without being constrained by the sunlight or a window location.

The ability of the profoto lights to shoot not only at incredibly bright power but also to dial down to low power, when combined with a large modifier, has given Bryce the ability to mimic the look of natural light in a way that she never had before.

It just goes to show that, as photographers, it pays to constantly learn new things and try new techniques. If you have been using primarily natural light, give some lighting a try, if Sue Bryce can learn it after 27 years as a natural light shooter, you can learn it too. It doesn’t need to be Profoto B1’s either, because lets be honest, most of us don’t have a budget for that. But there are other great alternatives as well, like the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01C69XVIK’ text=’Interfit S1′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8b8e07a9-f2cc-11e6-9400-51d15bd2d54e’] or even just some cheap speedlights. Don’t let the cost be what scares you away from learning to light and creating the look you want no matter where the sun is in the sky.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.