Take Better Portraits Outdoors
If you are a portrait photographer, your technique is likely to move with the seasons depending on whether your clients are wondering if their pictures are taken off. When working with natural light instead of the super controlled environment of your home studio, you have to learn to adapt to having necessarily into account elements.
Now that the weather is heating up for the summer, more customers will be asked to head overseas for their photo shoots. Given this, it is worth bearing in mind the changes that make creative decisions that you may have to do when performing outdoors portraits. For students enrolled in our online photography photography course, it would be a good time to go back to Unit 3, Lesson 3 for a complete retreat over the entire great outdoors technical portrait. Otherwise, here are some shortcuts reminders:
Carefully choose the location
This seems like an obvious tip, but is often overlooked. The easiest way to end up with an image of annoying and uncomfortable people is to put these people in an environment where they do not feel relaxed.
So be sure to talk to the subjects of this reality when you choose your outdoor space. If subjects are shy, a busy park might not be a great trainer who will inevitably be stopped to watch the shoot, which will make their clients uncomfortable. Be sure to remind them of these types of things, and do your best to choose the location accordingly – perhaps a more private section of a nearby trail work the best, for example.
Logical with the calendar
Time is the biggest influence on the natural lighting in which you will work. Midday shooting is the only thing that is mostly recommended. In the meantime, the sun is directly above you and your customers and will put the hard shadows into the photos you take.
Try to choose a moment earlier or later in the day so you can work with a softer, more flattering light. This type of lighting is not only better for nature plans and outdoor scenery, but mostly portraits due to the way it flatters skin tones.
Watch around you
The natural elements that surround the subjects can really work in your favor if you choose wisely. If there are trees above, for example, their dark branches can be a great natural tool to diffuse strong light. The leaves will work effectively to soften the sunlight, which adds a softer appearance to your composition and flattering skin tones more effectively diffusing the severe light. Pay attention to these types of things and move the subjects accordingly if they are nearby, natural elements can help take a more flattering image.
You should also keep your eyes wide open for things like natural color. Adding a touch of color to another simple shot is one of the most reliable ways to provide an element of interest for your composition. Has a beautiful bloom nearby? Keep this in mind, apply the rule of thirds and place your subjects accordingly to take a more interesting photo for them.