Photo Question: Why Would You Use a Flash During the Daytime?

What’s the point of using a flash during the daytime if you can just edit the photo later on?

Though the more experienced photographers may already know the answer, there are lots of folks who don’t understand why you’re supposed to use a flash during the day. I mean, why not just overexpose the image or go into the shadows to shoot the photo? Well, life isn’t always that plain and simple. And if you’re really hellbent on fixing it in post-production, please believe me when I say that using a flash during the day will make it much more manageable. You can probably do this with your on-camera flash, but in most other cases, an off-camera flash will do this the best.

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5 Tips on How to Choose a Location for Natural Light Portraiture

Shooting portraits in natural light can honestly sometimes be tougher than using a flash; but that’s considering you haven’t done any sort of scouting beforehand. However, natural light portraiture can be pretty simple if you can find a way to figure out the artistic vision parts, as the technical parts can be pretty simple too once you pay attention and carefully think about what you want.

Here are a bunch of tips on how to make the most of natural light for portraits.

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Infographic: Shooting Portraits During the Daytime



We’ve featured a couple of original infographics on the site before, and here’s our latest. In this infographic, we give you the details on how to shoot portraits during the daytime. You don’t need to wait for the Golden Hour to do this. Instead, what you need to do is find a way to keep the sun off of the person’s face and equalize the exposure overall on the whole body. Why? Because this is the main subject of your portrait.

Yes, you lose the details in the highlights and in the background–but this is portraiture, not an HDR. And for what it’s worth, HDR portraiture should never be done.

If you enjoy this infographic, be sure to check out our others on posing a subject and a seated subject.