From Studio to Outdoors


I usually shoot in a studio environment under controlled lighting, and am not used to shooting in outdoor situations. Next month, I plan to trek across two states and will face a lot of situations that I am otherwise not very comfortable with. What are the things I should keep in mind?
Shravan Singh, New Delhi

Since you already have some experience with studio lighting, it should also help you in the great outdoors. Imagine the sun as a giant light source that you cannot move. However, what you can do, is plan your day so according to the position of the sun. If you wish to shoot architecture and monuments, do a recce of the location and find out the time during which the structure is best illuminated. If you’re planning on making portraits, then avoid shooting at high noon. If you absolutely must, then either use the on-board flash to fill in light on your subject’s face, or shift them to an area with some shade. Early mornings and evenings will give you soft golden light and long shadows that can create a wonderful mood. If it is an overcast day, think of clouds as giant diffusers in the sky. These times are best for making portraits as everything is evenly illuminated. There is a world of opportunities out there, just remember that what you learnt in the studio can very easily be applied to the real world as well.

Tags: April 2015, outdoor shoots