The photog gurus at weblog Digital Photography School offer up 13 tips for improving your outdoor portraits, several of which explain how to best take advantage of whatever lighting conditions you're shooting in.
Photo by Meredith_Farmer.
We've shown you how to build your own photography softbox for better photos, but Digital Photography School encourages using Mother Nature's softbox:
Nature's softbox is a giant blanket of clouds. A good heavy blanket of cloud cover can help you enrich your colours, and make some very smooth and pleasing shadows. They create a giant blanket of natural sunlight diffusion to make your images rich and powerful.
If you don't have a cloudy day at your disposal, the post encourages shooting in the shade to avoid the difficulty of shooting in harsh sunlight. Still, if you don't want to cower from the sun, the post even offers a few tips for using the sun as though it were a studio light, with an eye for directing it exactly where you want it to go.
Apart from the light-related tips, the post details several other methods for improving your outdoor portraits, some of which you've heard a thousand times before (always shoot in RAW) and several others that may be new to you. While you're there, be sure to check the bonus tips at the end of the post for shooting on cloudy days. Got your own tried-and-true methods for getting good outdoor shots? Let's hear them in the comments.
13 Tips for Improving Outdoor Portraits [Digital Photography School]