(5D MarkII Tamron 90mm f4.5 1/100 ISO100)
MyM Photography loves doing outdoor sessions. We are obsessed with natural light and the beauty in brings to a photograph. But outdoors can also be a bit tricky — midday , when the sun is just too high can damage than do wonders; too late in the day and you get that uneven light. The best really is catching the golden hours — either the first two hours after sunrise or that last hours of light before sunset. These are tough hours I know but these are the ideal times. If you know the golden hours are just impossible then there are still ways for you to produce nice lovely shots any time of the day.
Here are our 4 golden rules:
1. Avoid direct light. If the only time you can shoot outdoors is sometime midday or when the sun up, find a good area where shade is even and where your subject won’t have uneven lighting on the face and/or body. It is best to position the light behind the subject so it won’t blow out the face that will make you lose a lot of details.
2. Bring light enhancers. A reflector can be a good way to enhance the light by making it bounce cleverly to your subject. Reflectors can be of any material. They don’t have to be those expensive professional ones. Your car shade with the silver material will do.
(5DMarkII Tamron 90mm F4 ISO200)
3. Find that perfect exposure. Play around with your numbers before the actual session. Keep your settings to the lowest ISO and widest aperture to create nice dramatic shots.
4. Take lots of photos per set up. It never hurts to just click that shutter and take as much photos as you can. Remember outdoor lighting changes by the seconds so do about 10 -15 clicks for safety.
Shooting in the outdoors is fun. It will be more rewarding though if you (try to) learn shooting with creative or manual mode settings to get the most out of your images. Learning to be in control of your camera will produce amazing images done by your creative eye — so, keep on practicing!