WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET

Documentary Wedding Photography

May, 2019

3 TIPS WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING OUTSIDE

Following my pervious blog post, see here, I had a few requests on more “Outdoor Shoot” tips, so, after my amazing trip to Bristol, which gave me some much needed inspiration, (something I always find when exploring a new place) I decided to put a new list together!

  • Clouds - Clouds are great, they create a giant blanket of natural sunlight diffusion to make your images rich and powerful but I always get asked about them and of course, here in England, it can often be very cloudy! Unfortunately, the idea of clouds can be worrisome in the world of photography, but they needn’t be! When you are shooting on an overcast day, customising white balance is important and key to still capturing those beautifully lit shots!

   Colours will change daily depending on the time of day and how many things the light has to pass through before it hits the subject you are photographing! And here comes the slightly more technical bit, pollution can change the colour of the light (even if we can’t see it) and on a cloudy day, pollution particles are carried in water droplets. The key is to bring a compass, use it to work out where the sun is and put your back to it to take your photographs, where possible…your clouds will look great but your subject won’t be in the dark!

  • Shooting in Raw -Without getting too technical “Raw” is an unmodified compilation of your sensors data during the time of exposure. It is your digital negative. When you shoot in JPG format, everything is effectively stripped away. For every edit you make to a JPG, you lose more data. With RAW, you can make a vast range of edits before even creating the JPG i.e. more freedom to tweak and personalise your gorgeous shots!

  • Perspective & Angles – Have a play, they’re aren’t “rules” per say in Nature Photography and you have room to go against the grain if you so wish. Shoot close-up, shoot wide-angle, there’s unlimited beautiful setups to explore within Outdoor Photography. Being creative is one of the most helpful tips I can offer a beginner on the start of their Wildlife Photography journey!

It was so lovely to visit Bristol in early May this year, which is only half an hour from our home here in Clevedon. Bristol is a city in the South West of England, in-between Gloucestershire and Somerset and it sits on the River Avon. It’s one of the country’s largest cities and is known for supporting small businesses, like mine!

Mine and Adam’s friends from school ended up moving there for work and it was lovely to visit their home and have a little tour! We walked, (a lot!) which in my opinion, is the best way to explore this city.

We visited The Harbourside, numerous independent shops/café’s, Clifton, and of course, The Clifton Suspension Bridge. It really did make for a wonderful day out and I managed to take some lovely shots!

I can’t wait to see them soon and explore more of what this beautiful city has to offer!

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Photographer
Bristol Street Photography
Exploring Clifton Suspension Bridge
Visiting Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Street Photography

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Megan McAdam 

Documentary Wedding Photographer in Somerset covering the U.K.

info@meganmcadamphotography.co.uk

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