Landscape photography is my passion. The way I see it, I am an artist who has chosen a digital camera and some software as my tools. And there are some great tools available at the moment. The Nikon D800 and D600, Canon 5D Mark 3 and D6, Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6, just to name a few.
Of course these are all top end products, although some are not necessarily expensive. Do you really need them to produce fine art landscape images?
Not really, but if you can afford it, then get them. All the equipment in the world won't help you if you are not a good photographer. However if you do have a natural eye then get the best you can afford. Sell the kids if you have to!
There are really only two things you need to consistantly do. Sounds easy, doesn't it? If only it were......
Of course there are other factors to consider! I will also show you;
Outdoor family portraits can look amazing, as long as you know how to organise the photo shoot and how to take the perfect pictures. Whilst many prefer professional photographers to capture a family’s special moments, more and more amateur photographers are trying their hand at their own photo shoots.
Using natural light and relying on the landscape will determine the specifics of the photograph. Here are several important basics to keep in mind when organising outdoor family photo shoots.
Stage the photo shoot in a way that enables you to capture natural light and make full use of it. It is very important to refrain from photographing while facing the sun. Such a set up will result in 'burned out' photographs.
For best results, take the photo in the morning. Refrain from taking the family picture whenever the sunlight is very strong. Photographing the family in a shady spot is another good idea. Refrain from Staging It Too Much.
Many family photographs end up looking like a police line-up. Try to come up with something a bit more creative. Interacting with the landscape, for example, is one of the best ways to get original and unique family photos.
A staged family portrait looks boring and artificial. Let the children play around. Experiment with the camera and refrain from asking everyone to act in a specific way. Some of the best family portraits are taken when people are caught off-guard as they will acting in a natural manner. Take It Slow.
Group photography can be very challenging. Children will become fidgety especially if you ask them to act in a specific way. As a result, you may feel tempted to rush the process. Take your time. Good outdoor family photos demand both time and effort on your behalf. Experiment with the surroundings and try different camera settings. Spend some time exploring the landscape and imagining the composition in your head.
Outdoor family photos will look great, as long as you choose the right equipment for the photo shoot.
A good range of lenses will let you experiment. Some lenses are perfect for portraits, others will capture the landscape better. Try both varieties to see which ones deliver better results. Investing in good lens and camera body is worth it because semi-professional and professional equipment will last a long time and produce higher quality results.
Getting a tripod is another good idea, especially if you plan to spend a significant portion of the day outdoors. The tripod will give you a chance to prolong the photo shoot and to try different things.
Doing family portraits outdoors will pose two challenges. First, you will have to come up with the right composition. Next, you will have to capture the landscape and enhance the portrait this way. Get the right equipment and choose the best day for your family photography activities. Natural light and an original idea will help you take some incredible photos.
This image was created with a mid-range digital camera and an ultra wide angle lens. I am proud to say it won first prize at a photo competition!