Summer lends itself to outdoor photography better than any other season. When the sun is shining, the endorphins are bubbling, the mood is relaxed and you have countless opportunities to play with light and the environment. We’ve put together some tips for you that are guaranteed to get you perfect outdoor photos.

The right equipment for outdoor photography

If you are going to be outdoors for a long time and have to move around a lot with your equipment, you should make sure that you only take the things with you that you really need for your shoot. Therefore, you should consider in advance exactly in which direction your pictures should go and whether you need, for example, a tripod. For the transport of your equipment, a photo backpack is particularly well suited for this purpose. If you photograph outside in winter, you must pay special attention to the protection of your equipment!

The courage of perspective

Outdoor shootings are an invitation to special perspectives. Have the courage to try something new and lie on the ground, climb on rocks if necessary or use unconventional angles on your subject. Shooting in a normal standing position is comfortable, but quite ordinary and therefore often boring. Your clients will thank you for original ideas.

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Play with the landscape

Every photographer usually owns a telephoto lens. You should definitely take it with you to your outdoor shooting. With it, the landscape can be condensed very well in interaction with your “model”. From a focal length of about 100 mm, this effect is clearly visible. For example, you can get mountains in the background close up and achieve a unique look. The same is true in reverse. Use wide-angle lenses to get a lot of the landscape on your photos and use the vastness of the landscape.

Take advantage of special lighting conditions

If you get up early, you have the best chance for special light moments in outdoor photography. 2 to 3 hours after sunrise you usually have the best sunlight for photography. The same is true in the late afternoon and evening. The slanting sunlight at these times draws long shadows that give your photos spatiality and depth. However, you should avoid the midday hours, because at this time the light falls flat from above and creates unsightly shadows, especially on the face.

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Arrange your pictures according to simple rules

If possible, try to photograph your subjects in a way that creates creative lines. Use shadow edges, river courses or mountain ridges to bring tension into your photo. Place them in such a way that the origin is visible or they run diagonally through the photo. In this way, you direct the viewer’s eye along an interesting path to your main subject. Of course, you should also follow the basic rules of photo composition and arrange your images according to the golden ratio or the rule of thirds.

Make the best of bad weather

If it starts to rain during your shoot, be sure to take advantage of this circumstance. The most interesting photos are taken in rainy weather. The light becomes soft, mystically penetrates from the clouds in single rays and your photos are given authenticity. Now you also have the opportunity to play beautifully with contrasts. Colorful rain jackets and colorful umbrellas form a wonderful contrast to a dull sky. Of course, we can only give you a few suggestions on this topic.

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