How To Take Outdoor Photos

People often ask me what is the key to taking an outstanding outdoor photo.  Is it best to take them on a sunny or an overcast day?  I have a few tips that can help you get the most from your outdoor photography.

First of all when shooting on a sunny day, it is absolutely a no no to have your subjects in the direct sunlight!

This will create what i like to call hot spots or hard light  Plus people squinting doesn’t make for a very nice photo.  The first thing you will want to do is to find an area that allows your subject to keep their eyes open instead of squinting.  A shaded area is fine, as long as you have some sort of reflection device.

Find a location near a tree or fence or some sort of architecture like a barn or building.  I believe this makes the photo more interesting and pleasing to the eye.  In order to make the photo look more natural, I choose to use a reflection device that you can bounce light back partially onto the subjects face.

I say partially, because the sun would only naturally hit part of the face.  Next you will want to set your camera to the shade setting.

My customers will often say to me that, “We have a beautiful sunny day for pictures”

Well, although it can be done, I like shooting best on days that are overcast with a little sun filtering through the clouds, so it acts as a diffusion device.  I still like to use my reflector to give the photo more dimension.  Look for spots that you can position your subject in the foreground and have a beautiful field in the background.

Something like this bean field in October, the yellow leaves make for a beautiful photo.  While there are many factors in taking great photos outdoors, these few tips will help you achieve better results.

Anyone can take a picture  . . . Few can capture a moment,

Tom

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