Outdoor Portrait Lighting Techniques: OnSet ep. 251

By | February 26, 2020


Hey this is Daniel Norton and I’m out here in the Hudson Valley with Marissa, and we decided to just make some fun portraits, and, I was out here, and it’s kind of cloudy it’s got that.. we’ve worked on cloudy days before you could check out that video on Adorama TV, but, in this case I wanted to create this, kind of, I felt like it had this kind of like loose fashion feel with the hair blowing and the, kind of, the muted colors and I thought I was kind of a fun shot we’re shooting just with the available light and it was working, it looked kind of nice, but then I decide to bring the softbox in, and I want to talk about basically balancing it. So the thing is you see a lot of people, it’s trendy, you know, to do these, like, hardcore, like, big soft boxes outside blasting people with the sky dark. but sometimes that’s not really what you want to do, it can look a little unnatural. So if you’re going for a more natural look, we can take the softbox and what we’re essentially gonna do is feather it off, just to have it kind of kiss her with light, so, because she’s in the shade clearly, just enough so the sky doesn’t completely blow out, and we get a nice clean light on her face, to cover up any, you know, blemishes, not that Marissa would ever have a blemish. Me? Never. And, yeah let’s go for it. Okay so I got my set up over here with the the camera. I got the Nikon Z6, I’m using the Profoto strobes, you can actually see my video camera stuff there too. There’s Marissa and basically I’ve got my little Chimera box here with my A1 in it and we’re gonna… you see how it’s pointed? It’s not like right pointed at her, it’s kind of going past her, because I just want the light to look as natural as possible Marissa’s got her foot down there, that’s my sandbag for the location, so as usual I’m tethered to the Capture One. I get this question a lot, people are like, “Oh how do you tether on location?” Well, put it on top of my bag, Marissa’s right there. Easy enough, right? and we’re gonna make some shots. So here we just moved the light to the other side. The wind was blowing pretty badly, so it was better just to go this direction. Okay so we got some fun shots, very natural-looking, very kind of loose and fun like we wanted to do out here and just having the flash with me was really easy and as you guys saw I just had it my backpack, so it wasn’t like I was carrying a lot extra gear. Actually I had two flashes with me but only one light stand so we just used one light for now. Really super simple, we got some nice head shots for Marissa. Classy, because she’s a classy lady. if you guys want to follow her I will put the link in the description and be sure to follow me Daniel Norton photographer. Subscribe to Adorama TV and ring the bell so you get all the notifications and I’ll see you next time, on set.

65 thoughts on “Outdoor Portrait Lighting Techniques: OnSet ep. 251

  1. Life Sucks Post author

    Her modeling had blossomed. I'm sure her acting gigs paying the bills.

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  2. SNAP Vegan Post author

    TIP: A 5lb bag of Lentils is a really good weight for the tripod!

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  3. Alex Cousin Post author

    Hope to see more of them! the alchemy between the photographer and the model is top notch!

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  4. Jose Machado Post author

    The drawing overlay on the was very helpful. Awesome job. Thank you for all knowledge you share.

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  5. Matti ausm Norden Post author

    Darisa yeah. Love the shots and Video. More of the outside Episodes please <3

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  6. Nerio Aguirre Post author

    Thanks Adorama, Daniel and Marissa for this video, it's was very helpful video, I was metering the sky and the final result was a beautiful sky and dark shadows on my subject.

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  7. Mike Kanir Post author

    Nice video Daniel and Marisa… Always good to see you two work together.

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  8. gonzaloleviatanh Post author

    @Daniel, more outside portrait please. How do you match the exposure to the subject and how to the sky?

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  9. Dale Whitehead Post author

    You two are the best . Looks like you always have a lot of fun together . Work is always better when you can have some laughs while you are doing it .

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  10. Carlos David Post author

    Empty bag that you fill with local rocks etc.. and empty again upon leaving.

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  11. Hackerockmedia Post author

    Do you know if it any way to tether with an iPad Pro? It will be cool when you're on the road, for the shooting and the editing afterwards…. "Estupendo video"!!!🤣 (Greetings from Spain 😉)

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  12. CZARNYEU Post author

    Nice Tutorial Sis and Bro's 😄👍
    Regards from Europe from my channel

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  13. David Jones Post author

    Oh you two crazy kids..be careful with leaning on power poles they can give some nasty splinters. Great job kids!

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  14. Jerry Mccarthy Post author

    Marisa sweater + Marisa smile = 😁 "Henchman" is Priceless Marisa 👍 Thanks Guys !!

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  15. JP dJ Post author

    What a lovely video again by the comical duo. Feathering can be described in many different terms. What happens is, from the subject's position, you make the light source appear narrower, like a strip light. However a strip light facing the subject directly, gives an even, hard, flattening light distribution within its light circle. Feathering makes most light going past or beyond the subject without touching, lighting, her. But, the angled position gives the benefit of a totally different distribution between the sides of the softbox. If you place a feathering softbox next to a white wall, you'll see the effect of the light distribution. It gives a way to have side light (directional yet diffuse) that can still produce a shadow, e.g. of the nose, yet is soft and still has sufficient light on the far (from the light source) side of the subject – the latter is easily explained from the beginning where I pointed to the strip light. If you imagine Marisa's position, keep your left eye closed and look to the softbox from where her right ear is and move your head left, you'll see the softbox front area appear larger and larger when you move. The reason why the face's far side does not get overexposed is that – inverse square law – the distance from the softbox's far side is larger and there is more diffusion away from the subject. As the softbox will have light fall off towards the edge of its light angle/circle, you likely use that nearest to the subject. If you need to be very precise, then shoot photos of the light circle on a backdrop, with a wide angle lens to see what happens between different angles and distances – as long as you have the edge of the lit area in the frame. Note the depth of the strobe into the softbox as well as its flash angle (if you can adjust that) as it makes a difference.

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  16. Leandro Ilha Martins Post author

    Let's face it, it's literally impossible to get a bad shot of Marisa 😀

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  17. Beantown Review Post author

    She looks like a high-school teen in these photos and video. Can she share her secret on reverse aging?

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  18. Alvin Lipscomb Post author

    @Adorama Thanks for these videos with Daniel and Marissa please keep it up.
    @Daniel and @Marissa great as always a killer team.

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  19. Gilbert Henri Post author

    Hey Daniel, great video. Thank you and Marisa for your time and work. I love the fact that you have a voice activated sandbag. I want 10!!!!

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  20. BoxerTys Post author

    Nice vid again 🙂 and I'm so happy Marisa's hair is getting longer, Marisa please don't cut it anymore… hahaha 😛

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  21. Jean-François La Forge Post author

    Marisa smiling again !!!!!!! Happy days are here again.

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  22. winni223 Post author

    The Great Team Goes Outdoors, thanks for posting! Unlike most people, WE prefer overcast, don't we? Lens information and what was your focal length / distance to the model, please?

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  23. GilbertTV Post author

    Daniel .. great technique of feathering the light like this.. I like to get a natural look like this ..not those moody ark backgrounds too .. fabulous images ..Marisa as beautiful as ever.!

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  24. Alan Johnstone Post author

    Thanks Daniel and Marisa, I liked that you mentioned to match the flash to her exposure and not the sky and your McNallyish diagrams.

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  25. GStreet Post author

    Seems like you didn’t really the light as much in this example since there was a soft box in the sky. But, did help a little with catch light.

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  26. wannabeturbo Post author

    Capture One, there appears to be a couple of different versions. Which one do you suggest? I shot tethered to LR after watching your tethered video and I agree it's terribly slow.

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  27. ohrah2003 Post author

    Daniel thanks for a great video. You mentioned HHS…were any of the photo's shown in HSS and is there a noticeable difference? Thanks

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  28. Tom Corbett Post author

    Thanks Guys!
    Why did you Expose for the Talent instead of the background Daniel? What I'm Really asking is what difference would it make to expose for the sky? And is it ok to have the background (sky) darker than the subject? Tia

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  29. Wilson Newman Post author

    Great video! Especially like your taking the time to add drawings and identifying the equipment…. awesome!

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  30. fabian puello Post author

    Daniel always dropping wisdom and practicality to help the craft! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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  31. John McKay Post author

    aside from the model, im not sure what the point of this video was..

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  32. Patty Mattes Post author

    I love these simple set ups. I just got some brackets for my speed lights so I can use modifiers. Another great video. Thank you!!!

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  33. Annie Glendinning Post author

    YAY! You're outside! Great video – great techniques and yes, very natural shots! Loved it! More outside videos please please please

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  34. Orange Frog Photography Post author

    Feathering the light. Ancient Chinese secret.

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  35. mikewinburn Post author

    Exposure to the subject out doors? Okay, that's unique. I'll give it a shot to see if I like the result! Is it me or the model looks like Diana Rigg…or could be a relative for sure ?

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  36. johan bauwens Post author

    Glad Marisa is feeling better again (?) and full of fun and joy

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  37. Rob Anderson Post author

    Of all the incredible opportunities you have at your disposal, this site, setup and end result are underwhelming.

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  38. Jim Chow Post author

    Hahah Marisa is more than a simple sandbag… She brings joy to audience.

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  39. mycroft983 Post author

    First Seth now you poor old Jason gonna have look and see what he’s done lol!
    Good stuff as always

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  40. Brian Kenneth Kondas Post author

    Why did you expose for the subject and not the sky? since it was cloudy, I would make the exposure on the subject slightly brighter than the sky. That way the sky would be darker and the subject would be brighter.

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  41. MrLPguitar Post author

    Lovin the music and diagrams is this going to be a regular addition to what’s already great videos

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  42. Harry Chefitz Post author

    In studio, you always shoot ISO 100. Why 400 here? Shutter speed was not an issue. You were at 1/1000. I have a feeling it has something to do with making it look natural, but I can’t quite figure it out. Thanks.

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  43. alexander pons Post author

    Super nice! Yes for a while many were doing the strong softbox out on location, its a look for sure but what you did this time is fantastic and its almost undetectable which is a good thing. By the way Daniel, being tethered is the thing with Digital as it provides so much control in many aspects but do you ever shoot untethered once you got it just to get that surprise shot like we used to in the film days when we looked at the contact sheets? Thanks for loving Photography so much and always share so much great information through your channel!

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  44. Joseph chan Post author

    Marisa and Daniel are great. Going to modeling seminar and editing this week. My rent studio group shoot time during summer.

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  45. cooloox Post author

    What did you mean by match the exposure to the skin, not the sky? That defeats the purpose of outdoor flash! You set your ambient exposure for the sky/background and match the exposure of your model to that with the flash (which your results seemed to indicate anyway). Did I misinterpret you?

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