Photography Lighting Using the Sun as Keylight Quick Tip

Hi, this is Jay P. Morgan. Today on The Slanted
Lens, we’re going to show you how to take a harsh sun, and turn it into a beautiful
soft keylight, using a translucent reflector. [MUSIC] We’ve got our first workshop coming on April
30th here in Los Angeles. We’re going to teach you how to shoot on location in anything from
direct sun and harsh light, to very soft and filled light. Julene’s going to end up our
day with some fabulous editing tips that will help take those images, and really set them
apart. Go to and sign up today. It’s a very limited group, so you better
get over there. Let’s take a look at the footage we shot,
out at a vintage air museum, of Erica Gore, and show you how you can take that harsh sunlight
that we encountered there, and turn it into a beautiful wrapping keylight. The key to making this work is getting your
talent in the right place. I’m going to walk around and find the shadow side of the object.
So I’m looking into the shadow’s side of the objects in the background, I’m going to place
my talent up front, then I’m going to move in that 180-degree area to where I get the
sun so it’s just slightly behind her. Just slightly. I’ll be able to see the Rembrandt.
That bright, harsh sun, I’ll be able to see that Rembrandt so it can develop on her face
as I look around her. That’s my spot. I put in my 39 by 72-inch reflector by PhotoFlex,
that beautiful light is going to wrap around her face, she’s going to look gorgeous. I
love this reflector because it’s long and tall like a person so you get to cover the
entire figure with it. So I’m going to bring that in now. I’ve already seen where that
Rembrandt’s going to fall on that left-hand side. I now put my reflector in between the
sun and her, and I get this beautiful wrapping sunlight on her face. The closer I can get
the reflector to her, the better the light wraps and the prettier it looks. The nice thing about when you find your spot
where the sun and your talent are in the right place, is you’re now looking into the darker
part of the sky. So when I change my exposure to accommodate for the translucent reflector
coming in, I’m going to open up, and the sky doesn’t blow out in the background. So I get
a very pretty image. So when I put in my translucent reflector, I’ve got to open up my exposure.
When I do that, the sky’s not going to get blown out. So there’s a quick tip from The Slanted Lens
on how to turn that harsh sunlight into a soft, beautiful keylight using a 39 by 72-inch
reflector by PhotoFlex. Keep those cameras rollin’, keep on clickin’. [MUSIC] April showers bring Spider Holster Camera
Systems for four lucky winners! Go to and sign up today. Hi this is Jay P. Morgan and Erica. We’re done for the day, man. We’re not really done for the day but we’re saying we’re done for the day.


  1. Oshi April 8, 2016 at 12:32 am

    The models stunning love lady's dressed that way. Fantastic lesson. Learned loads from this channel. Thanks a million.

  2. Samtagri April 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Nice hat there JP! I had to rewind for the part about shooting the dark part of the sky. As she is basically in shade, I thought she would be much darker than the sky. But what you said makes sense. I will have to try it.

  3. Дмитрий Воробей January 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

    very good tips…i use this method too, but instead I used the struts stretched white fabric

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