Outdoor portrait photography

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The Summer is a good time to shoot outdoor portraits. There are long hours of daylight that allow you to shoot from dawn until dusk, it’s usually warm enough for both you and your model to spend plenty of time outside, and most people are generally in a better mood in the summer, which makes getting natural portraits a little easier.

One of the great things about outdoor portrait photography is that you can shoot almost anywhere but you can also choose wisely. If the location adds to your portrait, you can include the background, but if the location isn’t particularly photogenic, try using limited depth of field or tight framing to concentrate attention on your subject.

For the most striking portraits, it’s often best to keep things simple, so try to shoot against uncluttered backgrounds such as the sky, a wall or foliage. This will help your subject stand out.

However, like most rules, there are times when it’s best to break them – particularly when you’re shooting environmental portraits where you want to show the surroundings almost as much as the subject itself.

In this case I found that the shadows on the model’s face where a bit too dark so I used a white reflector which is one of the simplest ways to add some light.

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15 thoughts on “Outdoor portrait photography”

  1. gorgeous portraits, Alberto, and great use of backlight!!
    apart from the white reflector, do you use special in-camera settings when you shoot backlit portraits to brighten up the face without blowing out the background?

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    • Thanks Alexandra :D and well when your subject is against a bright background, the typical camera settings and metering will often underexpose your subject. By overexposing your settings just a touch, the subject will be darker and more properly exposed for the backlight. In simple terms, darken the shutter speed a few steps above what your exposure level indicator tells you
      Don’t shoot directly into the sun. This is a common mistake when taking backlit images, and really the main light source of the sun is best left just out of the frame. It will wash out the picture and take out the details out of the person or object in front. If you have partial sun in the image, it won’t be as harsh, and it also better follows the rule of thirds, too. But rules are there to break from time to time ;D

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