Sometimes, the conditions for photographing are just not what we hope for. Maybe the sky is overcast, or maybe the sun is just too darn harsh. Neither condition is ideal, but it shouldn’t stop you from shooting.
In these sample photos, we were dealing with some very harsh light. The shoot was planned for early morning- I had assumed we’d still have nice light at 8am. Didn’t work out that way. The sun was harsh, and anyone looking into it was forced to squint. My solution? Put the sun to Robyn’s back, but the last thing I wanted to do was use a flash. Instead, I pulled out my trusty reflector, and positioned that in such a way as to put more angular light onto the model’s face. It worked like a charm. I was able to create a nice soft light, using the sun as a hair light and rim light, and use the reflector to light Robyn’s face.
So the moral of the story becomes, in harsh light, don’t look to the sun to be your main light in a situation like this. The light will be
harsh and most likely, not pleasing to you, or flattering to your model. Keep a reflector handy, and failing that, don’t be afraid to use a little fill flash if needed.