How To Improve Outdoor Portraits?

Outdoor Portraits

Are you on the way to one of the most exotic locations that offer plenty of scope of outdoor photography? Do you feel that you are missing out some of the best photo taking moments just because you do not know how to click pictures outdoors? Portrait photography is not easy for everyone. Even though many of us try to master outdoor portrait photography, it is a really challenging task. Outdoor portraits speak a lot of words and it is one of the unique ways of capturing nature in the background and your subject in the foreground. It is worth the effort learning to master the outdoor photography.

Outdoor Portraits

The following are some of the easy to learn tips that will help you to click some of the most striking outdoor portraits.

  •         Concentrate on the eyes

It is very important for you to focus on the eyes of the subject that you are capturing on your camera. Using a wide aperture and focusing on the eyes is very good option to make sure that the eyes are clear and also in the focal range. The other features of the subject will automatically soften once you focus on the eyes. There is no doubt that you can create amazing images just by focusing on the eyes.

  •         Shoot in natural light

One of the best ways to improve the quality of the outdoor portraits is to shoot in natural light, without any assistance from artificial lights or flashes. There are many who wait for the ideal light conditions to click outdoor photos. But, not all have this luxury and try to make use of the available natural light conditions. The three basic natural light settings for outdoor portraits are full sun, shade and no sun.

  •         Fun sun

It is a big challenge to shoot in full sun as you need to deal with shadows and washed out images. The best way to shoot pictures in full sun is to move the subject to a shady area. You can use a diffuser to filter the excess sunlight

  •         Partial sun

This is the best light condition to shoot outdoor portraits as clouds act as the diffuser to soften the lighting.

  •         No sun

In this situation, you should use cameras with lower shutter speeds, higher ISO settings, and wider apertures. Using a silver reflector and fill flash will help improve photo quality.

Mistakes To Avoid As A Beginner Photographer

Beginner Photographer

No matter how proficient or experienced you are, you will make some mistakes in clicking photos sometimes. But, the experienced and professional photographers will make very few mistakes when compared to the beginners. The main thing that beginners should understand is that they need to reduce the mistakes in photography and turn out to be more creative. There is no need to worry about missing a certain shot as this happens. It is important to move on and not worry about the spilled milk. If you are just picking up the camera in your hand to shoot some pictures, then the following are some of the mistakes to be wary when clicking the pictures.

Not knowing the camera

The first thing a novice photographer should do is to learn more about the camera that he or she is going to use. You should be aware of the general basics of operating the camera and which is the button to click the picture. The changing from ISO to 1600, the adjustment of the lens, etc., are some of the things to be aware of before clicking.

Beginner Photographer

Missing the focus

There are chances for the autofocus cameras to miss the focus point you have in mind. You might be thinking of a different focus point and the camera would choose another point. This is a common case when shooting in shallow depth. Hence, you should be sure that the camera focuses on the right field. This is corrected by changing your camera focus settings to spot autofocus mode to choose the right focus point. If you are clicking pictures of people or shooting portraits, ensure that the focus point is set in the eye of the shooting target.

Shaky pictures

This is a very common issue seen in all beginner photographers. They do not hold the camera with the right firmness and this results in blurred or shaky photos. The less sharp pictures are due to the slow rate of the shutter speed. If the camera shakes and the shutter speed of the camera is very slow, then you see a reduction in the image sharpness. Using a camera with a shutter speed equal to the focal length of the camera lens will reduce the blurring of the image to a great extent.

Checking the background of the subject

A good shot gets spoilt by the background in the photo. If there is a vertical tree or a big lamp post just sticking out straight out of the subject’s head, then it will spoil the photo, even if it comes out very clearly. Your focus will always be on the subject and hence you might miss out on these things in the background. It is very important to focus on the background as well as get the focus on the subject’s eye when clicking pictures to make it a perfect shot.