Next week

On May 15, class will start with a quiz. Topics include: shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, perspective, portrait lighting styles, light roles: main, fill, separation or background.

Outdoor Portrait Examples


Considerations for any portrait:

  1. Use a vertical orientation.

2. Focus on the model’s eyes.

3. Keep the background clean and without distraction.

4. Use one of the 5 basic portrait lighting styles: Rembrandt, Split, Butterfly, Braod, Short

5. Use a flattering focal length. Approx 65 mm on our class cameras and other cropped sensor cameras. 85 mm on a full frame camera.

Considerations for outdoor portraits

  1. Work with the model in shade or place the model with the sun BEHIND their head. The sun will essentially be the separation or background light.
  2. Do not use direct sunlight on the model’s face.

3. Use a reflector or flash as the main light.

On-camera Flash

You can dial the flash down and use it directly to raise the light on the subject’s face or bounce it off a reflector.

Ambient Light-the existing light that you cannot control

Fill Flash-brightens shadows

Built-in flash-part of the camera and throws light about 6 to 10 feet

External flash-added to the camera on the hot shoe and can throw light 15 to 20 feet 

ETTL (Evaluative-Through The Lens) is a Canon EOS flash exposure system that uses a brief pre-flash before the main flash in order to obtain a more correct exposure.

Use M or manual.

1/1 is full power. If you are pointing the flash right at the model, try 1/64 and adjust from there. If you are bouncing the flash, raise the power to 1/8 or 1/4.

Use Zoom to spread or focus the light. Wide angle numbers (smaller numbers) spread the light. Higher numbers focus the light.

High speed sync-allows the camera to be set at shutter speeds higher than the camera sync speed 

Lab 12

Outdoor Portraits


Final Project

Late coursework will be accepted until 11:59pm on May 15.