In a couple of days from now I have an "opportunity" to do an outdoor portrait at 10 in the morning on what I expect to be a bright sunny day, a nightmare scenario I have diligently managed to avoid for years.
Bad news is most probably no shade within whistling distance. Good is I have with me two fairly powerful portable strobes with stands and umbrella reflectors, so am trying to figure out the best way to handle the lighting so the subject doesn't end up looking like an overfried sardine.
My main difficulty is to figure out in which direction to face the subject in relationship to the sun and where to position the lights to achieve an evenly lit scene with as much detail as possible, no squinty eyes, and no overwhelming shadows?
My best guess so far is to position the subject at right angles to the sun and to position one of my lights as a filler on the opposite side of the camera from the sun. But maybe would be better to have the sun behind the subject and use the two lights on either side of the camera to slightly overpower the amount of background light created by the sun (if this makes sense)?
Like many others I have more fear of lighting than flying so would like to ask what would you do (apart from of course test the lighting setup before the shoot)?