Environmental portraits of people are one thing; environmental portraits of people and animals are another…
In this environmental portrait class Karl photographs a farrier at work with his horse, working in a dusty stable-yard in bright sunlight. To get the final shot, Karl had to overcome a few challenges, including cutting out the ambient light, balancing multiple lights and getting the best composition.
You’ll see the step-by-step process of achieving this shot as Karl shares his camera settings and lighting setup, explaining his thought process and creative decisions.
What you’ll learn:
- How to photograph environmental portraits
- How to reduce ambient light when using flash
- How to combine natural light and flash
- Lighting setups for environmental portraits
- Camera settings for environmental portraits
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
With many environmental portraits, your subject remains in a fairly fixed position. However, there are exceptions to this, as was the case with this shoot. Instead of working in a fixed position, my subject kept moving between his rig and horse; this meant a versatile lighting setup that would cover both positions was essential.
Working in fairly bright conditions, in a concrete stable-yard also meant I had a lot of ambient light to deal with. This made it particularly tricky as I wanted to achieve a more moody, atmospheric image. This meant I had to adjust my camera settings accordingly to cut out as much daylight as possible.
Finding the best composition was a further challenge that required testing a few different angles, adjusting my lights accordingly and even asking my subject to change the way he worked. In the end, after careful thought and attention to detail, I was able to get a couple of shots that I was very pleased with, as you’ll have seen in the class.