Photography isn’t an easy skill to master by all means. The technique employed, equipment used, poses performed and lastly the editing done is something that even professional photographers take years to perfect with sheer ease.
And when it comes solely to taking pictures in the outdoors, photography is a whole different ballgame. The setting and natural lighting conditions are very different from that of the outdoors and are usually considered as your best bet at nailing that ultimate shot.
From portraits to group pictures, wedding events to engagement celebrations, we’re going all out and about with the top secrets regarding how you can take better pictures outside. So let’s take a look!
Learn to pick out one focus point for your portraits
As a photographer, you’ll be bombarded with options regarding the focus point in question. Never rely on your camera’s focus as you’ll have a series of focus points that gives your image a blurred appearance. Stay in control with one focus only.
Keep the subject’s eyes in focus
The focus of every photographer when shooting outdoors for portraits should be mainly upon the eyes. Eyes depict the sharpest feature on the face and it should left like that. And when using a wide aperture to do the eye focusing part, be carefree as your lens’s bokeh will work to soften the skin tone too.
To gain a shallow depth of field is key
Nail that shallow depth of field vision by making use of a lens with a wide aperture. And this topped off with a smoothening background blurring effect, termed as bokeh is sure to aid your images from appearing picture perfect.
Avoid shooting portraits at a distance that’s lesser than 50mm
Ever observed an image where the subject’s head looks swollen? Well that’s because a focal length that goes below 70mm is going to distort the subject you’re shooting. The best length to use in the outdoors comprises of 120 to 200mm.
Make it a habit to shoot in RAW mode
RAW is the name given to unmodified compilations of the sensors in your camera’s data. RAW gives photographers the chance to make edits without the image distorting. Now every time you wish to fix the image’s color before going about to opening it for retouching, RAW is sure to save you from a lot of unnecessary stress and effort.
Best results are obtained when direct sunlight is avoided
Direct sunlight can prove to be super harsh, even for the best men in the business. Sunlight causes the subject to squint real hard as well as makes hard shadows appear from nowhere. Also your white balance conditions are ruined big time so why use sunlight in the first place.
Click carefully and wisely when it’s an overcast day
A good overcast weather condition day isn’t as daunting as it may seem for photographers. Heavy blankets of cloud act as a cover, working to enrich your hues while smoothening and pleasing out shadows.