Emerald Forest

Learn how to adapt to changing conditions and still get the perfect shot.

Working with natural light means being at the mercy of the weather and dealing with unpredictability.

In this photography class, Karl spends some time finding the right location for a shoot, but when he finally does, things don’t go quite according to plan.

In this two-part photography class, you’ll learn how to adapt and change your plans as conditions change. Karl explains how to be observant and how to not become blinkered by stress or pressure by training your eye to find the perfect shot and seek out the best shooting opportunities.

In this class:

  • Portrait Photography: How to photograph using natural light
  • Portrait photography tips
  • How to photograph in dappled light
  • Creative composition for outdoor portraits
  • Useful accessories for portrait photography

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Hi Karl!
    I always enjoy your classes!
    I was wondering, what is the best way to eliminate dappled lighting across the face on an outdoor shoot? I’m trying to eliminate all the hot spots. I cannot change locations due to the clients specifications…
    Perhaps a small soft box boom light?

    Thank you in advance for all your help!


    1. Hi Susan, if you need to remove dappled light hitting your subject then I would block it with an overhead scrim (assistant holding). Then you could bounce flash up into it from underneath for a broader softer light, so it will work in two ways one it will be a big area to block the dappled light and it will also be a reflector for your own lighting. Your softbox idea on a boom would work but a scrim would be bigger. It could be a pop up lastolite type scrim.

  2. The Emerald Forest looks alot like areas where I live. Great tip making something to shoot through.

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