1. Determine the location
Determining a location is the first step you must do. in outdoor photography, location is a factor that greatly determines whether or not a photo is good. After finding a location, try shooting several times to see the quality of the light in that location.
2. Bring a friend to become a PA (Photo Asisstant)
Shooting outdoors gives you several benefits, besides good scenery in certain situations you can use natural light. But there are also disadvantages, such as you have to walk far to find the spot, wind, and lighting that is appropriate. bringing a PA can help you carry equipment, hold the reflector, direct the style for the model, so you can focus more on shooting.
3. Lighting Considerations
Lighting when photographing outdoor can use flash or natural light. The advantage of using flash is to add to the aesthetics of the model that you are going to portray. Flash can help bring out the dimensions of the model’s body curves. Suppose you want to highlight the body shape of the model, then add a flash behind the model (backlight) so that the edge of the model’s silhouette is more prominent. Or by adding a soft box or refining flash light when shooting close-up at the bottom of the face, you can create softer lighting so that the model’s skin looks smoother.
It’s different if you decide to use natural lighting (sun), the advantage obtained by using natural light is that the resulting photo is more natural. Today there are many clients who want to be photographed with natural lighting. Although there are limitations if you only prioritize natural light in shooting, but you can still be creative by relying on the direction of the fall of the sun.
Good sun lighting can be obtained in the morning or evening. Morning around 7-10 while the afternoon between 3 o’clock until the sun sinks. do not take pictures during the day because the sun is right above. this can cause a shadow on the face of the model and the contrast is too high. Oh yeah, even though you use sun lighting, the reflector is also very useful.
4. Give a distance between you and the model.
Not like in the studio, giving a distance when shooting a model can help you to make a bokeh effect or use a long lens to get a good panorama.
5. Your model is a subject, the location is only complementary
Do not because you are photographing outdoor, so put aside the model that is actually the subject of your photo. Here is the point, don’t waste the background and keep the focus on your model.