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9 Tips for Better Outdoor Portraits

The trends in portrait photography today are certainly moving in one direction, and that direction would be out of the studio. Of course, there are plenty of people who still prefer classic studio photography, but the large majority of customers will want images outdoors.

Outdoor photography has certainly taken on popularity in senior and wedding portraits, but now, more and more families are wanting images outside as well. This means you need to make sure you know how to take amazing outdoor portraits if you want to keep up with the trends and keep your photography business fresh and popular.

Outdoor photography is certainly quite a bit different from taking pictures in a studio. You will not be able to control the lighting as well. You will also have to deal with awkward backgrounds or obstructed views. It may take some time before outdoor photography becomes completely natural to you, but to get you started, here are 9 tips to better outdoor portraits.

  1. Work with the light. If it’s bright, photograph in the shade. If it’s cloudy, photograph anywhere you would like.
  2. Photograph with the sun behind the subject for a soft glow.
  3. Make sure you have permission to photograph on private property.
  4. Make the background work with you. Try photographing on railroad tracks, in old alleyways or out on a farm. A modern cityscape can provide a more contemporary look.
  5. Be aware of the wind, which can cause flyaway hair, so always look out for this before snapping the image.
  6. Choose to photograph in the morning or the evening to avoid harsh sunlight.
  7. Do not photograph outside right after a rain or the subjects will get muddy.
  8. Do not have the subjects face the sun or they will squint.
  9. Choose natural colors for clothing of you can, which will blend well with outdoor settings.

Outdoor photography is certainly the growing trend that you need to implement into your business. While there are special considerations to photographing in the outdoors, you can certainly take striking portraits with just a little practice.

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