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Article: Shooting in Hard Sunlight Using V-Flats

Shooting in Hard Sunlight Using V-Flats

In this video, we present three unique ways to utilize our foldable V-Flats in challenging sunlight conditions. The intensity of the sun can be intimidating for some photographers, causing them to avoid it and wait for overcast skies to achieve softer lighting. However, any professional photographer knows the value of embracing the sun to capture stunning hard light photographs.


The first V-Flat application involves enhancing contrast on both sides of the model. This is achieved by positioning two V-Flats (with the black sides facing outward) on either side of the model.


The second method involves flagging or blocking light, creating a pleasantly soft appearance on the model. In this technique, Sara, our assistant, holds the V-Flat in a folded position in front of the model to block direct sunlight.


The third approach also utilizes the folded V-Flat, but instead of positioning it above the model, we place it underneath. This serves as a bounce, effectively filling in shadows beneath the model's face.

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I’ve used this technique – super easy way to get a great shot, but when it’s windy, it can be a bit of an issue getting the v-flat to stay put. I used a c-stand successfully.

Larry LaCom

Did you use flash with this or just the v flats. You had something sticking up above the lens I wasn’t sure. Or is that just the piece to theter your camera and computer?


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