Practicing Outdoor Portrait Photography

Eyes in Focus

When selecting which images to pass on to the client, it was essential that the eyes were sharply in focus. I think with portraits this is key, as the eyes are the most detailed part of the face and often convey the most expression. The bottom two images in the series of crops above show the subtle difference between eyes that are crisply in focus, and a shot where they are only slightly out, but still out.

Even Lighting using Natural Sources

Cloudy weather is ideal for shooting outdoor portraits as it doesn’t create harsh shadows on the face. Luckily, the weather was in my favour on the day of the shoot. However, I still had to direct the model to stand in the right position. Here are some outtakes, which I was not happy with due to uneven lighting or poor composition.


Final Image Series

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