Most people think the best light is at sunrise and sunset, and shooting mid day is to be avoided. So today’s demonstration was about how to shoot in mid day and come away with strong images.
The reality is that you just have to figure out how to use the light that is available to you to it’s best advantage. You may not want to shoot someone standing looking straight forward because you will get dark eye sockets. But what if you lay the person down? High top back light is a tried and true approach to still life in the studio, so why not apply it to the figure in the landscape?