If you are having an outdoor event, like a wedding or talent show, you will want to take the best outdoor pictures or portraits possible. Make sure and check your camera to see if it offers outdoor settings. If you are a professional photographer or if you are taking your first photographs, you should have this type of camera. A professional photographer will understand that there is a difference between taking indoor pictures and outdoor pictures. The lighting is very different and your camera requires different settings to adjust. You will want to know and understand the outdoor settings of your camera for taking the best possible pictures.
There is basic equipment that your camera should have. Your camera should have a wide lens with variable lens settings, at least a 700mm focal length, the ability to shoot in RAW, exposure compensation for shooting lighter portraits for darker tone skin and darker portraits for lighter tone skin. Your camera should also have speed shutter settings to accommodate taking outdoor portraits and correct ISO settings for moving targets like children and animals. These are some of the things this article will discuss as you seek to understand the best camera settings for outdoor portraits.
YOUR CAMERA SHOULD HAVE A WIDE LENS APERATURE
Make sure that your camera lens has a wide aperture value. This allows the wide lens to focus on fields that offer a lot of depth. Some of the best portraits can be shot using the wide lens. While your camera has a wide lens, it should also offer variable lens for taking different outdoor portraits.
HAVING A FOCAL LENGTH OF 700MM OR MORE
Make sure that you shoot at least with a 700mm focal length. Anything less than this will probably show as a distorted image. If you have ever wondered why your head looks large than normal, it is because of the focal length setting of the camera being less than 700mm. There are some cameras whose focal lengths go as low as 500mm.
ALWAYS SHOOT IN RAW
If you are shooting in JPEG, shooting with RAW settings, allows you to not lose data. This gives you the color that is needed, so that you do not lose color during retouching your outdoor portrait.
There are times when you are outdoors and you need more light on someone who may be of a darker complexion. Or you may need less light on someone with a lighter complexion. Use your exposure compensation button to adjust for better pictures that offer the best exposures.
USE CORRECT SHUTTER SPEED SETTINGS
As a general rule, when it comes to setting your shutter speeds on your camera, you will want to make sure that they are greater than your focal length. This will help to avoid your portraits being blurry and slurred during a camera shakeup.
INCREASE YOUR ISO SETTINGS
When you are taking pictures of people or animals who may tend to move around a lot, you may want to adjust your ISO settings. These settings can be at ISO400 , ISO800, ISO1600 OR ISO3200 which is usually the strongest setting. Depending upon the movement for your outdoor portrait, adjust your ISO settings accordingly.
USING YOUR CAMERA’S FLASH LENS
It is always a good idea if you are taking an outdoor portrait and there is not a lot of sunlight, to use the flash lens on your camera. This will give more light towards your outdoor portrait and allow those faces to be seen and those smiles to shine.
Your camera should have the basic equipment needed for taking great outdoor portraits. A wide lens for pictures with great depth, a flash lens for pictures that have little to no sunlight outside, exposure compensation for taking portraits of people with different skin complexions, great shutter speed settings and different ISO’s that allow for movement within your outdoor portraits. As you begin taking your outdoor photographs or portraits, you will begin to notice if your pictures are coming out too blurry or slurred or if your lens needs adjusting. Take several pictures as test pictures before taking your real outdoor portraits. You may want to take some test pictures before your actual event to make sure that you are comfortable with what your particular camera can do. As you begin to take your pictures, as a first time photographer you will become more and more comfortable with your camera’s features.