06. Opportunity photography

In this natural light portraiture class Karl starts by explaining how to get a creative full length portrait that includes interesting architecture, making the most of available light. Here he highlights the importance of knowing and anticipating natural light and thinking about your background.

In a second and third shoot he shows how important it is to train your creative eye to spot composition and lighting opportunities for a creative image. With these tips you’ll learn to anticipate where the light might be and what will look best so that you’re prepared for any situation.

Using beautiful surroundings and natural light, Karl captures a series of stunning portraits without any planning, just careful consideration and attention to detail.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography using natural light
  • How to use natural light for outdoor portraits
  • How to identify possible locations for photo shoots
  • How to take creative full length portrait images
  • Using lines, texture and color for creative portraits

Note: This course is available with English subtitles.


  1. is it right that sharpness corner to corner is possible by Canon 50mm f1.2 but softness in the corners by 85 f1.4?! which one worth to invest top of 5Diii for better result however?

  2. I notice you back light a lot of your portrait shots to give a rim light around the hair. Obviously the key is either adding some reflector light when necessary or if the scene lights the models face from diffused sources. I think without this knowledge people tend to illuminate from direct sunlight which we know is harsh.
    Do you use just the one focus point for portraits? I know my camera has a plethora of choices and zones! Its confusing!

    1. Hi Chris, yes I only use one focus point and simply select the one I want to use once I know how I’m going to compose the shot and then I’ll select one that goes over the subject in the correct place.

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