The Joys and Woes of Outdoor Portrait Photography

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The Joys and Woes of Outdoor Portrait Photography

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  2. 2. The Joys and Woes of Outdoor Portrait Photography Although photographers can shoot amazing photography in their studios, there are a lot of benefits from location and outdoor shoots. Outdoor portrait photography places the subjects in scenes that give greater insight into the lifestyles and personalities of the subjects. As long as they are not too distracting, outdoor environments provide interesting points of interests to portraits. The subjects of the portraits are usually more comfortable and relaxed in a location shoot.
  3. 3. Though there are some photographers who only do studio shoots Though there are some photographers who only do studio shoots, most of them will do both studio and outdoor portrait photography. Some photographers even have outdoor portrait gardens and environments already set up and ready.
  4. 4. They have scenes like gold fish ponds They have scenes like gold fish ponds, miniature foot bridges, seasonal flower gardens, beautiful old trees, fishing piers, barn or porch scenes, etc. Many photographers are willing to travel to and set up at a location of your choice. You should discuss available options with the photographers when you initially contact them.
  5. 5. Outdoor Portrait Photography Tips The location chosen for the portrait should say something about the subject. The environment should be interesting and provide perspective without overwhelming the photograph and taking away from the subject. Try to avoid bright colors and cluttered backgrounds that will distract the viewer from the subject. Props can be used as long as they are appropriate and relevant to the background, Props should add to the photograph rather than diverting from it.
  6. 6. The subject should be posed in a way befitting the context The subject should be posed in a way befitting the context. The subject could put their hand on a water fountain, throw stones into a lake, or pose with a baseball bat as if ready to hit a baseball. A pose that is appropriate for the background looks more natural and flattering. Facial expression should also be appropriately fitting to the context.
  7. 7. Shadows From The Sun A somewhat cloudy or overcast day provides enough light to illuminate the photograph without the glare of blinding bright sunlight. If the sun is out, it would be better to find a shady spot for the photograph. If the subject is in the shade but with the sun behind them, squinting will be eliminated. The camera flash can sometimes be effective in outdoor portrait photography for reducing harsh shadows from the sun.
  8. 8. If the sun is behind the subject If the sun is behind the subject, the flash can be beneficial for evening out the light and making their face more visible. Photography equipment like reflectors can be used when more light is needed for the photograph. Black and white portraits can also be beneficial for evening out colors and tones while providing a powerful and elegant photograph.
  9. 9. Outdoor Portrait Photography Whatever you decide, with a little planning and effort, you are capable of creating exciting outdoor portrait photography that shows the subject in a more gratifying and natural environment.
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