Epic Portrait – Taking pictures in harsh light.
Can a Speedlight really make that much of a difference? Yes, it can! There are a couple of challenges when it comes to taking pictures outside when the sun is highest and the light is really harsh. The biggest challenge is that either your subject is properly exposed and the sky is over-exposed, or your subject is under-exposed and the sky is properly exposed. I have a few examples of how a Speedlight can fix the problem.
This is what happens when you properly expose your subject. The sky is very bright and blown out. His jacket was also a little bit reflective which did not help either.
This is what happens when you properly expose the sky. Your subject is very dark and under-exposed.
This is the difference a Speedlight can make when you are out in harsh light. Properly exposing your sky and then adding a Speedlight to your subject allows you to have both the sky and the subject properly exposed. You can get an epic portrait!