Most of you would have realized the truth that having a good camera and lens alone is not enough to create the magic. For that, you have to contribute something from your side too. To capture the perfect snap, the basic key elements that you should look for are exposure, light, white balance, and focus.
If you are looking to shoot something interesting as well as challenging like an outdoor portrait, you will need to follow a few guidelines. Here are some guidelines used by the expert photographers that will help you to click the perfect pictures.
Depth of Field (DOF)
The depth of field is the area in front of and behind the focused subject in your photo. You need to realize the fact that the focus on the fields, as well as the subject, plays an important role in outdoor photography. Furthermore, there are two types of DOF.
- Shallow DOF- Here the focus will be on the main subject only and rest of field will be out of focus.
- Large DOF- Here everything in your field will be sharp and focused along with the subject.
In an outdoor portrait, it is best that the subject stand out from the rest of the field. So, it is always wise to choose a shallow DOF in your outdoor photo shoot.
Daylight Camera Settings
A popular misconception among amateur photographers is that shooting out under the perfect sunlight will give the desired light to your images. With the sun high in the sky, there are striking chances of getting shadows on the subject’s face, mainly under the eyes, nose, and chin. In some cases, the sunlight will fall directly into the subject’s eye and you will end up clicking a rumpled picture rather than a candid one.
To tackle these problems you can use a diffuser between the subject and the sun or you can just click the photos in mild sunlight. Besides, you can also use a reflector that is available in silver, white, and gold. You can choose the reflector based on the lighting effect you need.
Background plays a crucial role in your photographs. There will be many cases where you keep your complete focus on the subject alone and ends up clicking the perfect portrait but with a ruinous background.
It is easier to manage background while shooting indoors. However, while shooting outdoors, there are plenty of distractions as you are interacting with the nature such as colors, objects, flowers, and other factors. All these can shift the focus from your main subject and hence it is necessary to have a background that compliments your subject.
Besides, a good background will help the spectators to sense the location. On top of that, you will be able to describe a story within your portrait.