Preparing Your Grounds For An Outdoor Photo Shoot

Preparing your grounds for an outdoor photo shoot is important because you must have a place to put everything that will make the shoot look great. The majority of people who do photo shoots such as this will need to have their grass cut, hedges trimmed, and lawn edges. However, there are other things that you need to consider to make the space look appropriate for a photo shoot. 

1. The Basic Lawn Care 

The basic lawn care that you have done should be done a couple days in advance so that everything looks clean. You do not want to have an outdoor photo shoot that is covered with grass clippings, and you do not want to have that spare branch hanging on a hedge that you have not tossed away yet. Your best bet is to schedule the lawn care company, ask them to clean up as much as they can, and rake or sweep the lawn once more before the shoot. 

2. The Flowers 

You could bring flowers into the shoot using pots, and you will find that you might want to decorate the pots so that they look as though they belong in the photo shoot. Someone who is new to the photo industry might not realize that they need to stack colors, and it makes much more sense for you to use the flowers as a way to add accents to your color scheme. You can put clothing and items in the photo shoot that play off the colors of the flowers, and you will feel as though your photo shoot has much more life to it because of the flowers. 

3. Furniture 

You can bring out furniture for an outdoor photo shoot, and you must be certain that you have found furniture pieces that actually match the style of the shoot. You have to make sure it is clean though, so it might be time to bust out your pressure washer and give them a rinse. Catherine Galvan’s site, TBEPW has some good guidance to get you started. Someone who is looking for cheap furniture could buy patio and garden furniture that will make the shoot look nice, or you could bring traditional furniture outside for a moment to make it appear as if it is all happening in the middle of the garden. You want to create something that looks comfortable. Sitting on a tree stump often does not do your photos justice. 

4. What Is Behind You? 

An outdoor photo shoot might be a fun thing to do, but it cannot look great if you have things behind you that do not look that enticing. You do not want to shoot with a stream of cars running behind you, and you should make certain that you do not point your shots at the house under construction behind you. You need to be certain that you have found a place in the lawn that will give you a pastroal background. You might even use plants and fabrics to cover up a fence that sits behind you. 

5. Shoot At Mid-Morning 

You need to shoot at mid-morning so that you have some natural light coming in that is not too bright. You want to be sure that it is not too bright, and you should have your scene set up in a spot that will not be blasted by bright sunlight. You will get less glare in each picture, and you will not spend the afternoon squinting in your pictures. 

6. Conclusion 

You should start setting up for your outdoor photo shoot by preparing the lawn, having the landscaping company come out early, and asking for help with treen ranches and flowers that you might include in the shoot. The shoot that you have started should avoid anything that will look bad in the background, and you need to find a way to keep the light from overtaking your shoot. Each step in this process will change how you feel about the shoot, and you need to be sure that you have planned all this with your photographer so they know what to expect.

How to Get Great Pictures with a DSLR Camera

Perhaps the holidays have led you to acquire the prized possession of a DSLR camera. The only problem? You’re not exactly sure how to use it.

There are several factors that lead to producing impressive images for your friends and family to admire. Here are a few steps that will help you begin to master the use of your new device:

Understanding ISO

This is the ratio of how sensitive your camera is to various forms of lights. There are low and highly sensitive environments the change what type of exposure you will need for your picture. Low sensitivity is ISO 100 and the scale ranges to the highest sensitivity of 6400. Basically, the lower your lighting conditions the greater ISO number you will need to compensate and magnify what light you do have available. At high noon, outdoors on a gorgeous summer day you are fine with a lower 100 ISO. However, if you are shooting a nighttime party or get together you will want to increase the ISO number accordingly. On average, for an event like this the ISO would be around the 3000 range.

Focus, Focus, Focus

We all know that focus is a key element to a successful picture. Knowing which options to use for stills versus actions shots is going to make a huge difference in your results. A DSLR camera has two very handy features. AF-S-autofocus-single and AF-C-autofocus-continuous. Autofocus-single is utilized for landscapes, architecture and portrait shots. Autofocus-continuous is for actions shots like sporting events, fast moving objects and busy moments with lots of movement.

Proper Framing

Here is another tidbit of information that DSLR cameras are especially useful for. While preparing to shoot your image you want to make sure it is properly framed. Too much space below or above the subject in the picture can through off the entire balance of the photo. The DSLR helps you with this by giving you a suggested framing for every image as you are taking the picture. Be conscious of the lines that appear on your device while you are preparing to shoot your images. It will give you suggestions when you are about to venture out of proportion.

Learn to Edit As You Go

Yes, you can edit your images after you have taken them on a computer or other device but it is much easier to edit as you go. The functionality of a DSLR camera is one you should take full advantage of. Every image has a myriad of options that can be used to adjust or enhance your photo on the spot. You can change the lighting, the framing and the imperfections with a few taps of a button. Take the time to get familiar with all the editing features of your device.

Digital photography has put the potential to create beautiful, flawless images into your hands instead of having to rely on a professional. Take the time to get comfortable with your device and explore the world of options now at your fingertips!