When photographing people outdoors, besides the esthetics of your location, the time of the day is probably the single biggest factor in determining how good your picture will look.
Lighting especially its intensity is critical because available lighting in any scene outdoors determines
- if your subject will be squinting
- if you can overpower the ugly patchiness of your background
- if you can control the contrast between your shadow and highlights
- the mood and color temperature of your final image
Stephanie in the shade
When I photographed Stephanie, we had arranged to meet around 9 am.
It’s actually late to be shooting outdoors because the sun is already quite high in the sky and pretty much everything is lit, just like the stranger at White Park.
So I knew my best bet would be working in the shade of the canopy of trees.
I also knew I would be using my Speedlites in HSS or high shutter speed sync mode.
Keep in mind that Speedlites even at their full power (4AA batteries and I was using 2 Speedlites) have no hope of overpowering the sun so we stayed in the shade to minimize the effects of the bright sun .