digital photography tips with Digital Photo Mentor Darlene Hildebrandt

Get Inspired · Find Creativity · Seek Adventure

Photographing People

This digital photography tip is about photographing people and how to get better lighting for your subject.

The most common thing new photographers want to do when photographing people is to make use of the sun to light them. In actual practice though, this is the exact opposite of what you want to do. The first thing to get a more flattering photo of a person outdoors is to get them out of the sun, and put them into the shade. This will give you nicer, more even lighting and stop them from squinting.

digital photography tip photographing people

how to photography people digital photography tip

The Sun Creates Hard Lighting

In a recent post about how to find good lighting for photography, I discussed hard and soft lighting.

putting the model into bright sunlight and how that is a “hard light” source which creates harsh shadows, makes [the subject] squint, and is generally not flattering for most people because it accentuates every flaw, bump, and wrinkle on their face.

The sun is not flattering. For best results, get your subject out of the sun and into the shade.


Digital Photo Mentor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

lightroom alternative photo editing software

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

Next Post:

Previous Post:

Featured Photography Special

4 Weeks to Better Photography

An online photography class for beginners, with new lower pricing for 2018 and Downloadable Videos.

Join the Photo Community

10 Photography Challenges

Participate in monthly photography challenges. Join our very interactive community, participate in challenges each month that help you stretch and grow. Learn new skills and make your photos "pop".

More Articles Here

All my past photography articles here.

We publish regularly, so if you'd like to posts sent directly to your inbox, just put your name and email into the big orange box at the top of this page.

Adobe Training

Learn how to use Lightroom
Learn how to use Photoshop