Digital Photography Techniques

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Outdoor Portrait Photography in Hard Light

A few tips for beginners on taking portraits in bright sunshine

In San Diego, where I do my digital photography workshops, the sky is often cloudless and the light is correspondingly hard. It helps to use fill flash in these situations. It's surprising how many people I meet who think flash is just for use indoors in dim light, but using your flash and careful subject positioning will save your pictures on bright sunny days.