The spring weather always inspires me to go out side and start taking more photos. I love outdoor photography, because good lighting is almost always right at your fingertips. The most difficult thing about indoor photography is BAD LIGHTING. However, no matter where you are outdoors--chances are good that you can find a nice, shady spot for a photo session.
On this ‘bad’ photo, there are blotchy patches of shade all over my poor child and her face looks like its only half there—not a photo I’m proud to send out to the family. However, I was able to get a much better shot by simply repositioning her. We moved over to an area of solid shade (not blotchy, like in that first photo!!) and then I stood with my back to the sun. By having my back to the sun, that meant that she was looking up towards me and the sun was making great ‘catch lights’ in her eyes. Since she was still standing in the shade, the sun wasn’t heavy enough to make her squint and look silly. I also made sure to point my camera down towards her, that way I got a better background (the grass) with much less clutter.
Give it a try next time you’re outdoors and I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results. Of all of my favorite portrait-style photos, I’d say probably 90% of them were taken outdoors in a great shady spot! What are your favorite photography tips? Post your tips so that we can all be pros. Have fun.