Step-by-Step Lighting for Outdoor Portrait Photography

Step-by-Step Lighting for Outdoor Portrait Photography

by Jeff Smith


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Hit the ground running with this no-nonsense guide to outdoor portraits! Acclaimed photo-educator Jeff Smith shows you how to design beautiful images that virtually sell themselves. Quick lessons take you through every step of the process in detail, showing you how to select locations, and then use natural light alone or in harmony with reflected light and/or strobe lighting for flawless results. Smith shows you what to look for (and avoid) when lighting the subject’s eyes and face, and demonstrates exactly how to balance your scene and subject for portraits all day long (even at the tricky midday hours). With this all-day approach to location lighting, you’ll be able to book sessions that are more personalized, more profitable, and more convenient—for both you and your clients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608957033
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 927,602
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff Smith is an award-winning portrait photographer who owns two studios in Central California. He is well recognized as a speaker at national photography conventions, and the author of several titles from Amherst Media. He can be reached at

Table of Contents

1. Lighting for Real People (Not Just Supermodels)
2. A Personalized Approach
3. What Makes a Portrait “Salable”
4. Communication
5. The Client Knows Best
6. How to Make Clients Happy
7. The Emotional Factors
8. Technical Skills vs. People Skills
9. Identifying the Purpose of the Portrait
10. Delivering What Clients Actually Want
11. Booking Location Sessions
12. Learning Lighting
13. Working with Natural Light
14. The Direction of the Light
15. The Color of the Light
16. The Impact of Weather
17. Shooting at Midday
18. Shooting at the “Golden Hours”
19. Finding “Good” Lighting
20. Look for Overhangs
21. Working in Open Shade
22. The Role of the Main Light
23. The Role of Fill Light
24. Adding Hair or Accent Light Sources
25. Accent Lights
26. Adding Gobos
27. Adding Scrims
28. Adding Reflected Fill
29. Adding Small Flash: Fill
30. Adding Small Flash: Main
31. Choosing Backgrounds
32. Look for Vesatility
33. Controlling the Background
34. Metering Techniques
35. Adjusting Your Exposure
36. Light Ratios, Part 1
37. Light Ratios, Part 2
38. Butterfly/Paramount Lighting
39. Loop Lighting
40. Rembrandt Lighting
41. Split Lighting
42. Profile Lighting
43. Low-Key Lighting
44. High-Key Lighting
45. Backlighting
46. Separation
47. Lighting and Posing Work Together
48. Maximizing Locations with Variations
49. Lighting Portraits of Women
50. Lighting Portraits of Men
51. Lighting Group Portraits
52. Watch the Catchlights
53. Basic Corrective Lighting
54. Don’t Rely on Digital Fixes
55. Getting New Ideas
In Closing

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Step-by-Step Lighting for Outdoor Portrait Photography 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sobasphotos More than 1 year ago
I've read several of Jeff Smith's books and he always does an excellent job of getting to the point in an honest way. In this book he covers all of the components of outdoor sessions. From choosing locations and time of day to posing and lighting situations unique to taking portraits outdoors. He also covers how to utilize what you know from the studio and using your equipment outdoors to get a portrait your client will love.