1. SUPPORTING LOCATIONS
Check the location you want to make the photo shoot as often as possible.
Even if it’s not always, but every time there’s a chance you have to do it.
Bring your camera, take a few pictures, and pay attention to whether the things around that place fit your subject or not. And also note the time when you want to do a photo shoot.
Because the morning looks different from the daytime, which is also very different from the afternoon about the light, the placement of dark objects, and the warmth of the location.
One of the interesting things about taking pictures in the open world is that you can take whatever picture you want.
For example, you want to take pictures of parks, beaches, and other places that you like. You just go to these places.
2. WATCH THE LIGHT AVAILABLE
The importance of light in shooting can no longer be underestimated, because it is light that gives a vivid appearance to each photo.
Not always you can choose the type of light you want, but you can prepare all the possibilities that exist to make the light in the shooting location fixed to the right and correct position according to your wishes.
One important aspect of light itself is its quality. Light quality has an important effect on your image.
That’s why it’s important to choose a balanced white background so that light can be reflected as well as possible.
Determining the direction of light and whether the background matches the subject is important.
In general, if the subject appears bright and radiant, it is very good to use a dark background, but if it is the opposite, a background with little lighting will be very valuable.
Therefore, be wise in managing your lighting.
Lighting in the open world is always changing, because the sun is always moving and sometimes there are clouds, and also often rain.
All of this has an effect on your camera settings.
To take photos outside the studio, you need to bring reflectors and diffusion panels, as well as tools that can replace natural lighting.
The most important thing is to know the sun’s position.
If your instincts say that sunlight is the only light you have to use, then think about using a diffusion panel between the sun and the eyes of your subject, why? Because if not, then the eyes of your subject will look “thin” because they are directly facing the sun.
3. IMPORTANT SAFE REFLECTORS FOR OUTDOOR MODEL PHOTOS
Reflector / reflector is used to reflect light obtained directly on your subject and illuminate the shooting area you are using.
Reflector displays colors in various sizes (can be warm and cool for your subject) and the most extraordinary thing about this tool is that you can see what the results will be before you take a photo shoot.
Hold the reflector and point to the corners you want until you get the results you expect. You might need someone’s help to hold your reflector during a photo shoot or you can put it facing a wall or on the floor.
Another option that you can use also is to place your reflector on the lighting stand.
4. POINT THE JITU FOCUS
Focus plays an important role in photography.
When dealing with a subject, however, you must know where you should direct your vision, especially when you want to take close shots with a relatively small depth or breadth of view.
Set your focus mode, autofocus can be very helpful in every shot, but in close up photos it is better to replace it with manual focus.
Remember, closer to the lens of your photo with the subject, the focus of your camera will not come out of the boundary of the photo you want to take.
Besides setting the focus mode, also specify the focal point of your shooting area.
So that you can photograph your subject accurately (right), then replace your autofocus area at one point (single point).
In essence, don’t focus on the entire area where your subject is, but try to focus on the subject itself.
For example, instead of focusing on the entire bicycle used by a child, focus on how many times the child’s eyes look at the bicycle.
But above all, make sure that the distance between you and your subject has not changed from the start.
5. RIGHT CAMERA SETTINGS
Taking pictures in open nature is related to settings. The most popular setting for shooting in the open is to use a wide aperture to remove a background that is out of focus while you keep your subject clear.
But your settings will vary depending on what type of photo you want to make, the lighting situation, and the visual style you want.
If you take pictures with a large group of people in one composition, you need to use a small aperture to ensure that everything is in your focus.
Setting is very important because if it is wrong in the settings, the results obtained are not good.
That is why, make arrangements effectively and efficiently by considering everything that can happen during a photo shoot.
If the settings you make are perfect, then start taking pictures.
6. CREATE AN INTERESTING COMPOSITION
Composition plays an important role in getting good pictures.
Be sure to combine several things that are around you with the image you want to take to help make your background and photos look attractive.
The combination of interesting background and front elements can help you to add interest and deep interest in the composition of your photos.
Look for interesting objects, colors, and textures; clear skies and green fields, or faint light that appears through the trees. Then compose well, then you will create an amazing and cool image.
7. BACKGROUND SPECTACULAR
The background gives a very important effect in shooting because the appropriate background can give beauty to the object of your shooting.
But if not, then there is only a less attractive display. That is why paying attention to the background before taking a photo is highly recommended.
Look for backgrounds that are interesting and match your subject. The texture (appearance) of a building can also be a perfect background – think of an old building or an attractive building.
Use a large aperture to make your subject far from the background to create a blurred background effect.
8. CARRY PA (PHOTO ASSISTANT / ASISTENT)
Working outside the room has its own benefits for every photographer. Working outdoors provides an opportunity to get natural light and enjoy beautiful scenery.
But there are also some disadvantages when shooting outdoors, such as spending a long time walking to find the right location, fresh air, and how to manipulate sunlight to be as natural as possible for shooting.
For outdoor photos, bring an assistant to help you take very useful pictures and help you.
With someone to help you in shooting, it will make you focus on the photo shoot itself.
Therefore, use everything and think wisely.
9. WATCH YOUR DISTANCE AND SUBJECTS
Unlike shooting in a studio, the shooting location outside the studio is very fun, because you can use a long lens to get a good picture of your shooting area.
If you shoot with a distance that is longer than 200 mm, then you need a tool such as a walkie-talkie to communicate with your PA (photo assistant) in determining what style your model will show / display.
Taking pictures in the open is a creative thought because besides the many accesses to getting amazing objects, you can also improve your abilities in photography.
Open nature is a great tool for producing interesting and amazing images. However, to get it, you need patience and perseverance and extra practice, because everything requires a process.
The key is not to give up easily when what is produced is not according to your wishes because the effort and hard work are followed by satisfying results.