Great photography is all about finding unique moments and beautiful light. The reality is that ninety-nine percent of the time, natural light can be harsh and unflattering. This is where the artistry comes in. Photographers are really like painters, and we need to be able to mold light in simple ways. I like to think of these light “problems” as advantages. Some photographers use studios along with banks of soft boxes and expensive lighting equipment to create solutions. I’m a travel photographer and have to work in remote places so I often take just a few simple tools. Usually I’m working with just one camera body, one lens, and one flash.
Photo tip: One simple technique I often use is off-camera flash. I never leave my flash on the camera because I find it destroys the mood and blasts away context by overpowering existing lighting. So often just a kiss of light from the side tells the story better. This works well for portraits and in this case, I used a SB-910 Speedlight flash with a SU-800 wireless commander unit.