Natural Light Portrait

In this photography class, Karl explains how to take great portrait images using natural light.

Beautiful natural light at the right time of day can go a long way towards creating the perfect portrait. Here, Karl explains five important factors he feels are key to good portraiture. This essential knowledge will help guide you when it comes to capturing your own great photos of people using just natural light and reflectors.

In this class:

  • Portrait photography using natural light
  • How to photograph people outdoors
  • How to use reflectors for portrait photography
  • Camera settings for natural light portrait photography
  • Which lens to use for portrait photography

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


    1. Hi, you will be able to take portraits at the 50mm end because your camera is a crop sensor camera which means that the effective focal length at 50mm will be similar to 85mm on a full frame 35mm camera.

  1. Hi Karl,

    I’ve joined a couple of days ago and I must say that I have already picked up some very helpful hints and insights. I like the style of your videos, it almost feels like I’m right there with you.

    For this particular video could you please shortly explain why you have used the silver side of the reflector rather than the white side?

    Thanks and best regards,

    1. Hi Stefan, the silver will bounce more light back in than white but it has to be angled more precisely. The white side would need to be used closer to the model to have a significant effect.

  2. Hi
    It would be great if you could edit into the video the actual shots taken, as taken, so we can see what you are talking about.

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