As a photographer you will learn that working outdoors can offer some great natural lighting, background and unique portrait opportunities. However, there are some challenges you will face when taking your photo shoot outdoors. It can be challenging to find the right location, the lighting can be too bright (or not bright enough) and Mother Nature is not always cooperative. But don’t let these issues deter you from experimenting with outdoor photography. Pack up your camera gear and keep these five tips in mind when heading for the outdoors. One, or maybe all of them, will help make your outdoor photo shoot even easier.
Photo Courtesy of Ryan WalshEveryone knows the advantages of working in the studio. Studio photography lets you exercise complete control over your environment, allowing you to shoot anytime, day or night. Unfortunately, studios also have one weakness: plain backgrounds can be a bit boring for certain photo shoots. Recently, however, new products have been coming out that really liven up the old background standbys that have been in use for years. Floor drops – realistic recreations of various floor materials – offer photographers a way to create incredibly detailed environments for their subjects, with very little effort.
A photograph is not the sole creation of the photographer; it is a creative collaboration between the photographer, stylists, make-up artists, set designers, photo assistants, and the model. Photography backgrounds, lighting kits, and camera equipment must all be in place before the shoot can begin as well. As a photographer I would say that one of the most difficult roles within this dynamic is that of the model. The model is expected to oftentimes endure strange and challenging circumstances and yet manage to maintain a look of seduction, or serenity, or beauty. Professional models with experience have mastered this (swimsuit catalogs aren’t usually shot in the summer…), however for photographers who are trying to get started, Kate Upton’s price tag may be a little bit too high.When working with models who have less experience, these sort of challenges can be frustrating for both the model and the photographer, however there are tricks to ease the process. Here are five quick tips for working with amateur models: