Trying to decide between shooting inside vs. outside? Here are 5 reasons I prefer outdoor photoshoots compared to indoor!
1. Natural lighting
Being outside provides the range and mobility of shooting from different angles allowing for better light exposure. Using the sun as your main source of light creates the opportunity to capture shadow shapes, sun flares, Sun “stars” behind you subject or just simply good lighting!
The photo above is one I was excited that it turned out. I shot it during golden hour in Superior, WI. The sun coming through the trees creating a “golden halo” around my subject following the Golden ratio rule. But we’ll get to that in a later post.
2. Background & Foreground
When I take portraits I try and keep the subject the main focus but I do like to mess around with using branches/leaves really whatever is around to create depth to the photo.
In the photo above, I used flowers in the foreground to create depth to the photo.
3. Natural Framing
This is probably my favorite reason to shoot outdoors. You can pretty much be guaranteed a natural frame out of branches/tree roots/dirt holes or rocks! Creating a natural frame look around your subject.
The photo above, is a good example of natural framing. By shooting through the branches I was able to draw the viewers eye to the subjects in the background.
Now this one is probably pretty obvious but seasonal colors are a prime reason to shoot outdoors. During the fall months you get a range of reds, oranges, yellows, greens and some browns. During the Winter season depending on where you are located, will have white snow during certain times providing a “blank” canvas if you will allowing you to bring the colors you choose to life. This could be reds, greens, blacks, grays, maybe even a little burnt orange if you want. The you have Spring and Summer. Pinks, yellows, greens, purples, blues and a whole wide range of colors.
The photo above I took during summer months right before fall. I love the contrast of the red, blues, and greens as it creates a transitioning theme to fall colors.
5. Fresh Air!
This isn’t exactly a photographic reason to shooting outside. In my opinion it’s always important to get outside at least once or twice during the day. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time, but even just a quick shoot outdoors before spending hours inside on a computer editing can brighten your attitude!
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