Outdoor Portraits with Auxiliary Lighting

Portrait photography can be difficult, especially outdoors. Typically photographers expose their photos so the subject is well lit, which often leads to the sky being blown out. If you use off camera lighting, you can expose for the sky then light your subject using auxiliary lighting. I love the richness of portraits that use auxiliary lighting. 

For this project I captured several different portraits at three different locations. 

The above portraits were captured at Yellowstone National Park, in the evening. The portraits below were taken in Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but in the afternoon. The light was much harsher, but using the auxiliary lighting for these portraits made it so the sky and subject were exposed nicely.

The Digital Photo Mentor has a really great post with tips about using auxiliary lighting. It’s a great place to go if you’re just starting out with auxiliary portrait photography.