Today's photography tip is on lighting and how you can create the look of softer lighting on your subjects outdoors. There are three main ways to do this (there are actually more, but we are going to focus on three of them).
First, you can choose an overcast day for your portrait session. The clouds on an overcast day tend to work like a soft box and diffuse the sun's harsh direct light, making it appear softer. If the sun is out, and you must work without the assistance of cloud diffusion, then you can choose to photograph your subject in open shade. This is another great way to get softer lighting, while still having a nice direction of light. The third option, especially if you cannot find clouds or open shade, would be to use a scrim. This will allow you to diffuse the sunlight and soften the shadow to highlight transitions on your subject.
There are also photography secrets to softening the light in your studio, but we will cover those on another day.