The secrets of outdoor photo shoots: how to shoot people in a field of flowers
An outdoor photo shoot surrounded by flowers is a long-standing trend in contemporary photography. Wildflowers and seasonal flowers convey a sense of naturalness and naturalness without which it is impossible to create a romantic image. In addition, the natural background is undemanding to the model's clothes and makeup, though supporting accessories would not be superfluous.
The auxiliary elements of the composition are chosen to match the colours and textures. Two approaches are possible - either by the principle of harmony (shades of the same scale), or by the principle of contrast. Small architectural forms decorated with flowers and creeper plants such as flower arches, swings, gazebos or unusual flowerbeds made from old cars and bicycles are used in wedding photo shoots.
On a reasonable budget, you can afford unusual accessories made from fresh flowers - umbrellas, handbags, boas, fans, hats and other little ladies' pleasures. And if you don't feel like lugging your equipment out into nature, you can make everything you need on the spot! A wreath of wildflowers, a big garden flower in your hair, or a bunch of hastily picked flowers are great accessories for a rustic photo shoot, especially when combined with ethnic clothing.
Set the location for the shoot on an elevated spot or an area with a hill directly behind. That way foreign objects won't intrude into the frame, disturbing the composition of the picture. Also, avoid photographing in flower fields close to highways. The photographer will have to exclude cars from the background, which means that panorama angles will be limited. A small, secluded clearing, however, may be a good choice. Here are five simple tricks to visually expand the frame.
- Long lenses (above 85mm) reduce the amount of wasted space. The result is an effect that envelops the figure in colour.
- Shoot your model with an F/3.3 or F/4.0 aperture in a seated position with the camera at eye level. This makes the edges of the flower field appear smoother, and the field itself looks larger than in reality.
- Focusing on small objects is a trick for family photo shoots. When photographing parents with young children, ask the adults to stand close together and have the baby lean into mum or dad's arms. The camera is at eye level to the adults.
- Move the focus to the flowers and add dynamics. Have the people in the photo running around the flower field, dancing, jumping, hugging, or admiring the landscape in the background, giving way to the flowers in the foreground. If you want to make the background blurry to focus on the plants, use an F/2.8 aperture.
- Ask the model to lie down in the flowers and try out different focusing options - on the face, figure or accessories.
A nature photo shoot is best planned for early morning or evening. The soft natural light brings out vibrant and colorful images. At midday the light is unnecessarily harsh but contrasting effects can be softened by using a photo light.
Photo shoots with a bouquet of flowers can also be held within the city limits, more precisely in historic districts with interesting architectural ensembles. The brutal textures of the stone walls and paving stones emphasise the delicacy of the flower petals and the fresh, natural hues and vivid greenery of the leaves contrast beautifully with the austere, dark background. Pictures of the bride with the bouquet behind the window of her car are common in wedding photo shoots.
Photoshoots can also take place in parks or squares, using ready-made landscaping and living sculptures as a backdrop.