Tamara Lackey Photography Tutorial: Shooting in Bright Sunlight

Tamara Lackey Photography Tutorial: Shooting in Bright Sunlight

Have you ever tried to take someone’s photograph in the middle of the day, when the sun is blazing down right on your head? Bright natural lighting may not be a photographer’s dream come true, but it certainly doesn’t mean that beautiful portraits are out of the question.

Watch acclaimed portrait photographer Tamara Lackey’s step-by-step process for turning noontime photo nightmares into stunning, well-lit images.

Complete with exact camera settings, posing tips, and equipment recommendations, this fun and easy-to-follow tutorial is perfect for photographers of all experience levels.


Bonus Tip

Taking great portraits in harsh sunlight doesn’t always require extra equipment. In Tamara’s “Bonus Tip,” she shares her process for beating lighting woes with simple, effective positioning techniques. Check it out!


Have a question for Tamara? Post them below in the comments. Plus, check out Tamara’s first four photography challenges on our YouTube channel!


  1. Lorie Burningham

    What lens are you using?

  2. I don’t own either of the things you used in the video. What would I do in that case? I guess I can use your side view but what else would you suggest?

    • Great question, Lori! There are tons of common objects that can be used as a reflector, like a white shirt, a large piece of white poster board, or a white bedsheet. You can also use frosted glass or matte plastic items (big Tupperware lids included) as a diffuser. Reflecting and/or diffusing overhead light is a great way to make sure your subject isn’t lost in shadow.

  3. Thanks for sharing such nice and useful tips. I would definitely try these in my photography to get some stunning results.Thanks again.

  4. I love these tips for situations where you can pose – but do you have any suggestions for when posing is out of your control? An outdoor festival, for example? Concert photography is my main focus, but I struggle to tackle situations where the stage is set up facing the sun. Performers end up with overexposed highlights and the stage/background are underexposed. Post-processing helps, but it would be nice to reliably get it right in camera.

  5. Cara Morris

    I love taking photos of everything and everywhere ! I have a 60 year old photo, black and white , of my sister and me! I can think find anyone to help me blow it up , make it look distinct and perfect ! Do you ever do things like that ? My sister passed away when she was 7 years old is diabetes , 60 years ago ! If you can help please tell me what to do ! Thanks so much !

  6. Please let me know which lens you are using. Thank you

  7. Thanks for sharing this informative tips.

  8. Nice information about taking pics in sunlight. Many will fail to take good pics even in good sunlight


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