The weather in the Uk at the moment is glorious, and Spring is upon us. With flowers blooming from every angle, now is a great time to grab your camera gear and venture outdoors!
Of course this presents its own set of challenges...
Outdoor shooting is a great opportunity for storytelling, so before you plunge in, decide what story you want to tell: an intimate romantic scene, a picnic, a party? All these ideas need careful planning. It doesn't have to be complicated, a basket of fruit, or a simple stand-out hero will work brilliantly too. Make it your own!
First find your location, think about backgrounds - are there likely to be people or traffic in the background; if you are relying on a tree, or shrub being in flower, make sure you have timed it right.
What props do you need? This can't be spontaneous! `How far must you carry everything and where do you leave your vehicle if transport is necessary.
Finally, consider the light conditions, and the weather. A bright day can be a challenge, so is it possible to shoot when there is light cloud, or even better early or late, during the golden hours, when the sun is lower and shadows longer. Your food could be over exposed and flat if you shoot during the middle of the day at this time of year. You may need diffusers. Are there trees to give shade without blocking the light completely. Here a reflector may help.
Your own garden qualifies as outside too, and can offer some great opportunities to practice your outdoor photography and create some wonderful scenes.
Above all, have fun.
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