Photo Quickie: Reflecting
If you can’t afford studio lights to even out harsh contrasts when shooting with natural light you can always reflect light. You can do so by positioning a large sheet of paper or white cardboard to reflect the harsh light onto the unlit side of your subject. If you are photographing people, ask them to hold the card themselves or attach the cardboard to a stand outside of the framed shot. Alternatively, you could always invest in a set of portable reflectors.