Tips for Outdoor Shoots

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Wedding Photo Shoot | Comments Off on Tips for Outdoor Shoots

A wedding is a milestone in a couple’s life. They begin a new life together and embark in new adventures. Weddings have always been important which is why capturing this special moment is also a high priority during wedding planning. If you’re a photographer living in Essex County in New Jersey, a place with many beautiful outdoor wedding venues like , you should find these tips very useful.


1. Pay attention to the trees

Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday celebration, there may be trees if the event is held at a park or somewhere with plants. If the subjects are underneath the trees, then there may be uneven shadows and highlights. For example, one person will have a shadow on their face while the other will not. Adjust the settings on the camera to suit the shadows and fix the rest when you edit.


2. Roam Around

You have to work with the lighting. Use the light to your advantage to capture the big moments – the bride walking down the aisle, when the priest pronounces them husband and wife, the reception, etc. The angle of light from one direction is different from the other. Don’t hesitate to walk and experiment which spot will be better. The angle of light from one direction is different from the other. Don’t hesitate to walk and experiment which spot will be better.


3. Consider Shooting Distance

The distance between you and the subject will determine the depth of your photos. The farther the distance, the more your picture will be angled from front to back. The closer you are, the less sharp the shot will be.

4. Bring Extra Batteries

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring several extra batteries to make sure you don’t run out of juice. Long gone are the days when we brought extra films with us. Charging an extra battery for the camera will be a lifesaver when you still want to take shots of the after party.

5. Take Pictures Before the Event

Your clients chose the place for a reason. Scout which angles will be the best spots to take pictures. Take shots of the landscape before the event starts and you can add it to your portfolio. This may even get you more referrals!


6. Don’t Force the Children

Kids can be rambunctious. Don’t force them to pose if they don’t want to. Some of the best pictures of children are when they are in their natural environment. Get a shot of a kid eating a cake with some cream on his face or the flower girl running around the garden. Raw emotion is a lot better than a forced photo and when your lenses capture the happiness in their eyes, you’ll be glad you did it.

7. Quiet the Shutter

For the most important moments, you don’t want the shutter making noises. It can distract the people or sometimes irritate them. When the bride says ‘I do’ and your 10 second shutter is going off, she’s not going to appreciate it. Choosing a quiet shutter can make a big impact on the environment.

8. Relax

A photographer won’t be able to capture the perfect photos if he/she is too focused with making sure to capture every moment. Relax every once in a while. Look through your camera and delete a few photos you don’t like to make room for better ones.