For the past dozen or years I’ve made all of my portraits either in my home studio, or on location. Living in Colorado, it can get cold in the winter and it occasionally snows, sometimes lots of snow. If I lived in my wife’s home state of Florida I’d have a different way of choosing locations for shooting but for much of the year I shoot most of my portrait images right in my home or close by. OK, so maybe I’m lazy too.
Portraits—no matter where you make them—are all about light, so start by searching for places where the light looks good. This portrait, for example, was made in a friend’s back yard. Backlighting is always a great technique, especially with blonde subjects but you’ll need flash to provide fill so the model’s face is well lit.
Camera was a Canon EOS 1D Mark II with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 105mm.). Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200 with a minus one-third stop exposure compensation. A Canon EX 580 speedlight was used for fill with a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce diffuser to soften the light.
Joe is the author of “Studio Lighting Anywhere,” which available from your friendly neighborhood camera store or Amazon.