What Is the Best Lighting for Portraits?: Direct Sunlight vs Backlighting vs Strobes (VIDEO)

Professional portrait photographer Anita Sadowska is back with her latest lighting tips and advice. This time she's comparing what it's like to shoot portraits in direct sunlight vs shooting backlit portraits vs shooting in an indoor studio using strobes.

In the lighting comparison test, Sadowska teams up with her photographer friend Cass Michael to capture model Alina Morozova in that trio of lighting scenarios while pointing out the pros and cons of each.

"We decided it would be fun to do a little shoot where we use this backdrop that is behind us and we're going to be doing three things," Sadowska explains. "We are going to be shooting with direct sunlight, backlit and Cass is also going to be using studio light and you guys will be able to see how all the different photos look."

Which of the three lighting conditions was the best for portraits? Well, you'll have to watch the video below to decide.

Of course, it's also just a matter of taste and dependent on what type of look you are trying to create with your portraits. So, a better question might be: what type of lighting is your favorite for portraits? Let us know in the comments below.

After you watch Sadowska's video, go visit her channel for more great portraits tips, tricks and tutorials including this one where she explains how to shoot backlit swim wear photos during golden hour, and this one where she shows you how to use light and location to capture stunning swimsuit photos.