A photogenic subject, a great location, and soft overcast light were ideal ingredients recently for an outdoor portrait photography session. Of course, a red umbrella added visual interest too. :-)
I captured this image at the BetterPhoto Summit in New York City's Central Park on a fine autumn day. It was late afternoon and Summit workshop participant Barbara graciously posed. The solid gray sky acted like a giant softbox to provide very pleasing and even light.
Choosing a low f/number (wide aperture) helped create a shallow depth of field - important to separate the sharp subject against a blurred background.
Additional info on photographing outdoor portraits: Take your photography to the next level through Kerry Drager's online photo course that covers natural light and creative composition. In addition, the BetterPhoto online school of photography offers many courses on people photography and natural light portraits.
Note: Photo copyright by Kerry Drager