5 Tricks to Having Beautiful Outdoor Photographs

Photography can be quite intimidating. Any professional photographer can tell you that when they started, it wasn’t easy.

While photographs on social media may always appear amazing, achieving that level of perfection isn’t simple. Small details involving background, lighting, color, and camera placement can make all the difference.

Photography is a delicate art, but it’s also not that hard. You don’t have to go to school to have amazing photography skills. Here are a few tips on how to take photographs like the pros:

1. Avoid Too Much Sun

When people take pictures, they always move towards the light. Light is essential for any photograph to look vibrant and beautiful. Too much sun in the outdoors can, however, produce results that you weren’t going for.

Direct sunlight leads to photographs that have high levels of contrast, exaggerated highlights, and oversaturated colors. But just because the sun is blazing doesn’t mean that you should stop.

A simple solution would be moving to the shade for a subtler photograph, and you avoid squinting. Alternatively, make use of a lens hood to prevent lens flares.

You also want to find the right shade where you can set your equipment and can rest. Excess sunlight may damage equipment and leave you worn down.

2. The Golden Hour

This is the time of the day when the sun’s heat is not too high that it’s burning you but just enough for you to feel it’s a presence.

It’s when the sun produces soft, well-diffused light usually in the evening at sunset or in the morning at sunrise. Such light doesn’t create unwanted shadows such as those generally experienced in harsh sunlight.

The warm color impression captured only at golden hour adds a flattering and fragile illumination on any subject.

If you’re looking to take a silhouette type of picture, it is only possible at Golden Hour.

When photographing at this time, it is also crucial to be fast because the sun is quick to disappear. Make the most of your time because no two pictures will look the same.n

3. Use a Flash

This is the last thing anyone taking outdoor photographs imagines they need. ‘Why would I need flash outside where there’s already light?’

Well for numerous reasons. When you use your flash in a sunny or well-lit location, it helps to balance the shadows in a photograph or even eliminate them. It does this by adding light to shadowed parts of the subject’s body.

However, when using a flash, it is only safe to use an external one instead of the regular pop up flashes produced by a camera. Pop up flashes tend to cast too much light that is unflattering and looks unnatural.

4. Always Carry a Reflector

Although a cheap and straightforward tool, a reflector can make all the difference between an awesome picture and one that is lackluster.

A reflector can make you tone down too much overhead sunlight as well as help you add glow and brightness to a photograph. It all depends on what position you place it. It can be placed in an angle facing the sun to direct more light to the subject’s face for a vibrant photo.

It can also be used to block unwanted sunlight rays, especially when photographing under shade. A reflector is also a great tool to spread on the ground whenever you need to sit or lay down to take a picture.

5. Pay Attention to the Horizon

The position of the horizon is crucial and shouldn’t be downplayed. It determines what people see first when they look at a photograph. When the horizon is high, the first thing that’s noticeable is whatever is in the foreground. If you’re taking a portrait photo then you most definitely, want to have a high horizon.

A low background is used when one wants the area above the horizon and in the middle ground to be the center of focus. If you’re capturing a picture of the sky and want to include the background, then it should be a low one.

It is also vital to ensure that the horizon does not appear tilted or curvy to have a more balanced picture.

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