Use natural light
Harness the power of the sun for beautifully lit portraits anywhere
When you’re starting out, there’s no need to buy a host of expensive lighting gear when you already have a source of free light that offers endless variety. Direct sunlight can be a bit harsh, but when diffused through clouds or bounced off other surfaces it can take on all kinds of wonderful qualities. Then there’s the fact that it changes position and colour throughout the day, from warm and low in the morning to cool and overhead at midday, then back again. The great advantage you have with portraiture is that your subject is mobile, so you can place them where the light looks best.
Seek out places where the natural light is coming from one direction, such as a window or doorway indoors, or a covered spot outdoors