What's the best lighting method in natural light?
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The closer you are to noon the harder it's going to be to shoot in sunlight regardless of where you place the sun. That doesn't mean that you can get some great results, though. There will be times in your photographic career that you have no choice but to shoot outside at noon with no lighting equipment so this post might come in more handy than you think!
Tip 1 is to move around the subject. Nine times out of ten, you're going to settle on backlighting because your models face will be evenly illuminated. Often times you will get a blown out sky when you expose for your model, though, so beware of this. Anyway, when shot with purpose, shadows can be very cool. Shadows do provide dimension to your subject, after all. So after you've posed your model, keep them in one place and compose your shot. Then start to walk around your model looking for interesting compositions and looking for interesting shapes with the shadows on their face or the shadow that their body is casting.
Tip 2 is to point the models face toward the sun. PLEASE DO NOT STARE DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN. That is obviously bad for your models vision. I always advise them to keep their eyes closed and point their nose or their chin at the sun as seen in the above photograph. This too eliminates all of the shadows on the model's face and provide a soft even exposure.
Tip 3 is to make sure you have on your lens hood! You can use lens flares as a creative element, of course. However often times shooting directly into the sun does lower the contrast of your shot, having a lens hood on your lens can help keep your contrast at a good place.
Camera: Canon EOS R