Discover The Best Outdoor Portrait Photography Tips, Poses,
Equipment And Techniques To Create Stunning Portraits
Outdoor portrait photography uses most of the same techniques that you
use when shooting any sort of portrait picture. Are your shots just not
turning out the way you'd like them too? Are
you embarassed to show your pictures to your friends or family?
Don't hide your photos any longer! With the help of some videos from
'ProPhotoLife.com' and a few tips on how professional photographers get
the results they show off in magazines, your outdoor portrait
photography is going to shine.
Portrait Photography Video 1 From ProPhotoLife.com
There are a few main areas that need to be considered when shooting
photos outdoors. Lighting and background, the equipment and the
The best time of the day to shoot photos outside is in the morning or
late afternoon, when the sun is lower in the sky. You get a lovely warm
light without the harshness.
Taking pictures on a cloudy, but bright day is also good. The clouds
diffuse the sunlight and give you light that is evenly spread. If you
have to shot on a sunny afternoon, try finding a nice shaded area.
Portrait Photography Video 2 From ProPhotoLife.com
Shooting under a large tree works well, but be careful of greenish
tones from the leaves appearing on your subject. You can correct this
later if it happens, by shooting in RAW and editing afterwards.
There may be times when the light isn't quite even on your subject and
you have to use a reflector. If you don't have a reflector, you could
try positioning your subject near a reflective object. A white van or
wall works well. If you do have a reflector, even better. Get a friend
to hold it in position while you take the shot.
The background of your picture should not be allowed to be a
distraction. Remember that the subject is the most important part of
If you leave a good depth of field between your subject and the
background, you can blur the background in your shot. This allows you
to make use of the colors and textures of the background without it
distracting your viewers from the subject.
The best focal length for shooting a single subject portrait is around
100mm. This stops your subject's features, such as the nose or ears,
I find the best camera setting to use is aperture priority mode. If you
are working in a more controlled environment then go fully manual. It's
Portrait Photography Video 3 From ProPhotoLife.com
Don't forget to set your white balance and ISO according to the
conditions of the day. Usually outdoors in good conditions, I would use
ISO 100 and either customise the white balance with a grey card or use
the cloudy or daylight setting.
Shoot your pictures in the widest aperture that you lense will allow.
The bigger the aperture, the more shallow the depth of field and the
more blurred the background. Less distraction.
When shooting your portrait, always use RAW and select a single focus
point in your camera's settings. The best place to focus on in a single
subject portrait shot is your subject's eyes. Make sure they are pin
sharp. A tripod is a must to get the best results.
The last area we need to look at is how your subject poses. Good
attention to detail is required here. It's useful to have a friend or
colleague there to help you make adjustments in the subject's pose
while you look through the camera's viewfinder.
Always shoot from your subject's level. If you are shooting a person,
then place the camera at eye level. If you are shooting children or
pets, then get down to their level for best results.
Make your subject fill the frame. Move in closer to your subject and
use the 'rule of thirds'. If you're taking a head and shoulders shot,
then get your subject to angle their body at 45 degrees to the camera.
If you want some good portrait
photography ideas and tips, then checkout some magazines or
online galleries to get some inspiration for your next outdoor portrait
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