You don’t always need to have a complicated lighting setup to shoot high-quality images, and in fact, with a bit of ingenuity and editing prowess, you can make some very creative photos. Check out this awesome video to see how this natural light HDR portrait was shot.
Coming to you from Lindsay Adler Photography, this excellent video shows how she shot and edited a natural light HDR portrait. To shoot the portrait, all she did was use a white door as a large bounce to create soft and flat light. Then, she had an assistant hold a muslin background behind the model, providing a nice, gritty texture that contributes to the style of the image. When it came to the editing, she opted for increasing the clarity and texture for more grit, while also bringing up the shadows and the highlights. Adler also gave it a very stylized color grade as a finishing touch. Of course, you don’t have to take it in that direction if you don’t want to, but it’s still a great exercise in using a simple natural light setup to create a professional portrait. Check out the video above to see the full rundown.