Family Outdoor Photography East London

Outdoor Family Photography East London

Tips and Ideas for Outdoor Photography

 In the park, out in the woods, near a flower field–a change in scenery is always a good idea, especially in photography. And while a studio photoshoot can give you more control within the four corners of your camera room, an outdoor photo session has its benefits too.

 

Just think about it: you’ll have more space to move when you are outdoors. Plus, there’d be plenty of colors and textures to play around with too.

 

Curious to explore this branch of photography? Read the article below to learn its pros, gather some fresh new ideas for your outdoor photo shoot, and get tips on how to make the most out of your session outdoors.

What are the benefits of an outdoor photo shoot?

Natural light, natural props, and plenty of natural colors that can make any picture pop. You can enjoy all these and more from an outdoor photo shoot. Take a look at the list of benefits that await you.

  • There is no limit to the number of your backdrop options.Who needs a digitalised backdrop when nature can provide you with more vivid and diverse colors and themes? If you’re shooting outdoors, there is no limit to your photography theme. You can choose for a serene backdrop by doing a photo session in the park, for example. Or you can try to go to the beach for a morning near blue waters and blue skies. Whatever strikes your fancy, really.

 

  • You’ll enjoy more natural light.Nothing beats natural sunlight–not even the most sophisticated studio equipment. So by taking your photo session outdoors, you can secure the most ambient and crisp colors for your photos.

 

  • You can also spend the day enjoying nature.The turn of leaves from a verdant green to fiery red and oranges–these can be the perfect setting for an autumn photo shoot. Or if you’d rather take photos of nature’s flora in all its brilliant colors, you can easily head out and go on a photo walk. Either way, you can still enjoy the grandeur that is nature–and that is always a good idea.

 

  • You can make use of everything.From the sky, the leaves, the picturesque bench near the bend–all these can add a layer of color and character to your photos. With a good eye and the right equipment, you can absolutely capture the best of what nature can offer.

What are some good ideas for an outdoor photo session?

Whether you’re enlisting the help of a professional, or want to take the photos yourself, it helps to have a solid theme or idea before you head out to take photos. But of course I understand that coming up with a theme is easier said than done. This is why I have rounded up some of the best outdoor photo session ideas to help you get started.

  • There is no limit to the number of your backdrop options. Who needs a digitalised backdrop when nature can provide you with more vivid and diverse colors and themes? If you’re shooting outdoors, there is no limit to your photography theme. You can choose for a serene backdrop by doing a photo session in the park, for example. Or you can try to go to the beach for a morning near blue waters and blue skies. Whatever strikes your fancy, really.

 

  • You’ll enjoy more natural light. Nothing beats natural sunlight–not even the most sophisticated studio equipment. So by taking your photo session outdoors, you can secure the most ambient and crisp colors for your photos.

 

  • You can also spend the day enjoying nature. The turn of leaves from a verdant green to fiery red and oranges–these can be the perfect setting for an autumn photo shoot. Or if you’d rather take photos of nature’s flora in all its brilliant colors, you can easily head out and go on a photo walk. Either way, you can still enjoy the grandeur that is nature–and that is always a good idea.

 

  • You can make use of everything. From the sky, the leaves, the picturesque bench near the bend–all these can add a layer of color and character to your photos. With a good eye and the right equipment, you can absolutely capture the best of what nature can offer.

What are some good ideas for an outdoor photo session?

Whether you’re enlisting the help of a professional, or want to take the photos yourself, it helps to have a solid theme or idea before you head out to take photos. But of course I understand that coming up with a theme is easier said than done. This is why I have rounded up some of the best outdoor photo session ideas to help you get started.

If you need help settling on an outdoor theme, you might find these useful:

 

  • Add a romantic element with flowers (or a field of flower)Picture this: a whimsical photo shoot where you, the subject, will be surrounded by a field of flowers. With soft lighting and the pretty pastels of nature, we can easily achieve a fairytale shoot for you. Lavender and poppies are two of the dreamiest flower fields that we can explore near the area. So, are you up for a poppies field photo session? How about a lavender photo session? If you are but don’t know where to start yet, we can offer you our professional expertise here are EvaGud photography.

 

  • Introduce bright colors with a spring photo session. Nature’s colors tell different stories. As a photographer and an artist, it is important to capture the proper color and light to share a narrative for the subject. For example, autumn’s foliage would make a nice transitional piece. If the transition period is over and you’re feeling more at peace and happy, a spring-themed session would give great results too. After all, spring photography is the perfect time to highlight’s nature’s abundance and bright colors. Here at EvaGud photography, we make nature’s themes work for you. If you want a spring-themed photo session, we can cover you amongst the plethora of flora.

 

  • Go wide and dreamy with wide shots. One common mistake of photographers is taking too much close up shots. But here’s trade secret: wide shots can be just as dreamy too. So the next time that you want to introduce a little something different to your photos, go ahead and take your session where there is plenty of space and take a cinematic shot.  Need help in taking beautiful wide shots? You can be the subject of our next session.  Simply book a photo shoot with me and I can get started on capturing you and capture you and the pristine beauty of nature.

How can you prepare for an outdoor photo shoot?

An afternoon surrounded by nature might sound like a picnic to you, but it’s not all fun and games. If I’m being honest, an outdoor shoot requires more preparation than an afternoon snapping photos at the studio. “But don’t you just need a camera and some extra batteries when you’re taking photos outdoors?” This question might have crossed your mind too. Well, this is where it gets tricky. Sure, nature can provide the most beautiful and crisp backdrops, but outdoor photography also has its challenges. Between taking risks for the perfect angle to sharpening the lens’ focus to making sure that the exposure is just right–outdoor photography is best perfected with years of practice. Want to know what I’ve learned in all my years as an Essex photographer? Here are some of my tips for outdoor photo shoots.

  • Find a shady spotHere’s the deal: direct sunlight can make any subject squint. And it goes without saying that squinting can ruin your look. From a photographer’s perspective, direct sunlight can be too harsh too. Plus, there might be a white imbalance that will be hard to remedy even after a whole day of editing. The best tip that I can offer at this point? Look for a shady spot. This is what I often do to make sure that the exposure is just right and the white is well-balanced. If  there is no shade present, I often improvise with a big umbrella or even a curtain.
  • The perfect time to shoot is during a cloudy dayIt’s difficult to go out for a photo shoot on a particularly sunny day. This is why it’s a good idea to have a photo session on an overcast day. What makes me say this? I have a secret to share with you: clouds are nature’s perfect light diffuser. A blanket of clouds can cover up the harsh rays of the sun. Of course, as a photographer in London, I often make the most out of the weather here. With clouds up in the sky, colors can be more enhanced without the direct glare of the sun. There are smoother lines and aesthetically pleasing shadows too. 
  • Always keep hydratedParched subjects are not the most ideal subjects. And so, I find it important to always remind my clients to bring plenty of water to keep themselves hydrated. This tip goes out to you too. Whether you’re in front or behind the camera, it pays to be constantly sipping on some fresh (preferably cold) water during the shoot.
  • Choose a focal pointIt’s easy to be overwhelmed with all that nature has to offer. Not to mention, there’s a need to constantly follow the subject around for a good shot too. What most photographers often do is to leave it to their equipment to find the focal point. Their main ally: the autofocus system. However, this is where I disagree with most of my colleagues. Autofocus strips away the potential of a picture to be really great. Using autofocus simply means leaving the guesswork to the camera and allow it fo to figure out its focus point. My suggestion if you are the one behind the camera: turn off the autofocus function and trust your gut instinct.
  • Keep movingThis tip is for both the photographer and the subject. Movement plays a huge role in outdoor photography. Unlike the still shots that are often associated with studio photos, a more natural backdrop is the perfect way to tell a story not just through colors, but through movement too.
  • Find a shady spotHere’s the deal: direct sunlight can make any subject squint. And it goes without saying that squinting can ruin your look. From a photographer’s perspective, direct sunlight can be too harsh too. Plus, there might be a white imbalance that will be hard to remedy even after a whole day of editing.The best tip that I can offer at this point? Look for a shady spot. This is what I often do to make sure that the exposure is just right and the white is well-balanced. If there is no shade present, I often improvise with a big umbrella or even a curtain.
  • The perfect time to shoot is during a cloudy dayIt’s difficult to go out for a photo shoot on a particularly sunny day. This is why it’s a good idea to have a photo session on an overcast day. What makes me say this? I have a secret to share with you: clouds are nature’s perfect light diffuser. A blanket of clouds can cover up the harsh rays of the sun. Of course, as a photographer in London, I often make the most out of the weather here. With clouds up in the sky, colors can be more enhanced without the direct glare of the sun. There are smoother lines and aesthetically pleasing shadows too.
  • Always keep hydratedParched subjects are not the most ideal subjects. And so, I find it important to always remind my clients to bring plenty of water to keep themselves hydrated. This tip goes out to you too. Whether you’re in front or behind the camera, it pays to be constantly sipping on some fresh (preferably cold) water during the shoot.
  • Choose a focal pointIt’s easy to be overwhelmed with all that nature has to offer. Not to mention, there’s a need to constantly follow the subject around for a good shot too. What most photographers often do is to leave it to their equipment to find the focal point. Their main ally: the autofocus system. However, this is where I disagree with most of my colleagues. Autofocus strips away the potential of a picture to be really great. Using autofocus simply means leaving the guesswork to the camera and allow it fo to figure out its focus point. My suggestion if you are the one behind the camera: turn off the autofocus function and trust your gut instinct.
  • Keep movingThis tip is for both the photographer and the subject. Movement plays a huge role in outdoor photography. Unlike the still shots that are often associated with studio photos, a more natural backdrop is the perfect way to tell a story not just through colors, but through movement too.

So there you have it–all the benefits, tips, and best practices for shooting photos outdoors. Think you’re up for the challenge? If you’re ready to get in front of a camera and work with a professional photographer, I can help you out. I’m EvaGud photography and I’m a professional photographer from London and Essex. Whether you want your photos taken in an indoor studio or in an outdoor setup, I might just be what you are looking for. Give me a call today to book a session with me.

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