Mixing Portrait photography with lighting

I love portrait photography. It just amazes me how many ways a person can be photographed! A simple portrait can become even better by adding a little light to your subject, so they stand out more and have more complimentary shadows. The following four photos I took while in Grand Teton National Park. For the first set up I had a flash bender and a little leafy area in a parking lot.

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For the next two portraits with external lighting, I switched locations. I went to String lake.

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To polish off the portraits I took with external lighting I edited my photos in Lightroom and watermarked them. I am quite pleased with the result. I have never liked using external lighting with portraits because I prefer a more natural feel, but these photos prove that natural-looking photos can be achieved using external lighting.

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