8 Tips for taking great outdoor photos

May 30, 2019

The fresh air, open spaces, and the excitement of the unknown make outdoor photography a great exercise both physically and photographically.

And the pace of any Life’s An Adventure pack free walk will allow you plenty of time to be creative with your photography and have a good play around with your camera. If you want to stop and take close-ups of wildflowers or something else as small and subtle there’s no problem.

So what are the things to consider when taking photos in the outdoors?

1. You need a comfortable camera – be it a full-size DSLR (more on that later), a pocket-sized compact camera or your phone camera, whatever your chose make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy carrying around with you all day, especially if it’s hanging off your neck. Weight should always be a consideration.

Embrace photography on your next outdoor experience.
Photo by Zukiman Mohamad from Pexels

2. Lenses – this is for anyone carrying a DSLR where you can change lenses. So DSLR means digital single lens reflex – basically, this means when you look through the eyepiece of the camera you’re seeing what the lens is seeing. Carrying maybe two lenses – one for wide panoramic images and one for close-ups – will offer you more options for photography but also there’s that consideration of weight again. Many modern phone cameras come with several lens options – photo, portrait and panoramic and some compact cameras come with a basic zoom lens so that’s worth considering.

3. Think about your surroundings – Always try to have a foreground, middle-ground, and background. For example, if you shoot a sunset at the beach, you have the sand, water, and sky/clouds – be conscious of them and how they relate to each other in the frame in order to add some depth.

4. Photographing people – if taking pictures of your friends outdoors, don’t just take a picture of them generically standing in the centre; move them to the side and compose them in the shot in relation to where they are. Have a bit of fun with them.

5. The horizon – Don’t put the horizon in the centre of your shot; it’s merely a dividing line between the sky or the Earth. Emphasise either the sky or the ground.

6. Understanding scale – It’s often hard to tell how big a mountain is if there’s nothing else in the shot to compare it to. Show the size of an object by including a subject of contrasting size to show a sense of scale.

This image is a great example of scale.
Photo by Bruno Cervera from Pexels

7. Embrace nature – use nature’s elements – like hanging clouds, fogs, and beams of light – to your advantage and add an element of mystery.

8. The golden hours – these are the best times of the day to take photos, which is an hour or so after sunrise and an hour or so before sunset – saying that you can still get excellent photos during the day just consider where the sun is, if it’s cloudy (that’s good as it takes away the sun’s glare) and where the shadows are.

At the end of the day, it’s about experimenting and having fun. Do those two things and you’ll get great photos!

P.S Stay tuned for some exciting news about Life’s An Adventure’s new Tassie photo tours!

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