6 August 201
Outdoor photography is similar to landscape photography. But more than landscape, you take images of mother- nature, animals, trees, or water!
Here are some quick tips to help you get out of the box:
• Blur your background. Make your focal point that beautiful flower or bee using your macro lens, and open your aperture!
• Create Abstracts: Look at the stones capture the interweaving of the mountain
• Use the color around you, if you see bright purple flowers in the middle of a field; create a line with the flowers leading to the hills behind them. Take images of just the color of the object.
• Use a Polarizer Filter- This is a must, to reduce reflections and haze.
• Use a tripod- to get the sharpest image possible
• Pay attention to your background- don’t let that tree stick out of the middle of your image from a persons head.
• Get low- gives a great perspective
• Use the “golden hours”- It is called that for a reason! These are the perfect times to take outdoor images. The colors can be so brilliant!
• Have Patience, for those bird and animal images! A virtue.
• Look at the verticals and horizontals- the tree trunks all in a row with the glitter of light shining down on them. Take a shot of just the trunks!
• Symmetry and Balance- Balance your image
• Keep it simple- don’t put too many confusing things in your image
• Put people in the landscape. It can provide both a focal point and a perspective.
• Dial down your exposure by a half-step. This can give colors a boost! Your blacks will really be black. Everything seems to come more alive.
• Look down at your feet and see the details, like the cracked soil, or the small flowers growing from a stone. Slow down while you are walking around. Sit down and look around.
• Try to take images without depending on PhotoShop. Really.
Shutter Speed Basics
Depth of Field
Focused Bracketing or Photo Stacking