In order to capture some truly striking outdoor portraits, you don’t need a vast arsenal of premium lighting equipment and expensive lenses.
You simply need to learn a couple of useful tricks that can improve your portraits. If you know what is a proper exposure and white balance and if you take care of some additional factors such as the choice of background, your portraits will look much more professional.
The following 5 tips can help you understand better what really matters when it comes to outdoor portraiture:
1. Daylight Camera Settings
It may seem that shooting outside in the sun provides just the right kind of light, but it’s usually more complicated than that.
When the sun is high, it casts shadows on your subject’s face – under the nose, the eyes and the chin. If you want to avoid these harsh shadows, you should find a nice shaded area, perhaps under a tree.
You can also wait for the sun to get covered by clouds since they naturally diffuse excess light. If there are no clouds at all, you can shoot 2-3 hours before sunset or 1-2 hours after sunrise. It’s well-known that the famous golden hour and blue hour can give some magical appeal to portraits.
Finally, you can also use a reflector when you have to deal with shadows on your subject’s face. These reflectors can be silver, white or gold depending upon the type of lighting effect you require. They don’t have to be expensive at all – many of them are totally affordable.