The Dark Forest

In this natural light photography class Karl photographs in a forest location, which allows him to work at midday, despite the harsh, hard sunlight typical of that time.

In this class Karl stresses the importance of pre-visualization and knowing your equipment. Heading out for this next portrait, he then shows you a simple accessory that you can use to emulate the natural, dappled light one would expect to see in a forest.

The result is a beautiful, subtly lit image that was taken using just natural light and simple accessories, which you can make yourself.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography using natural light
  • How to use natural light for portraits outside
  • How to create a dappled lighting effect
  • Simple accessories for photography
  • Understanding your equipment

Note: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. when you have your model walking into the shot are you using AI servo to maintain focus?

  2. I like the natural light instruction. I do most of my photography on day trips out or holidays so its coming in handy. Only issue being opening hours of some locations mean its quite harsh light during the day, though I find the light after a rain shower with a mix of sunlight and diffused fluffy clouds give a nice light. Choosing the subjects and positioning can just rely on cloud timing! I haven’t got tons equipment yet and reflectors and filters are cheap enough to make a difference over buying studio kit.
    I made the mistake of using a speedlight, although up into the air using the diffuser on the flash, there was dappled light through trees and overexposed the dapple light on the face. But we live and learn.

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