"Outdoor Portraits" - Digital Photography Podcast 74


Spring is in the air and outdoor portraits are just around the corner. If you don't have the space or the budget to set up a dedicated photo studio, you can capture remarkable images outdoors with just a few affordable accessories.

For this podcast, I grabbed my Photoflex Lite Discs and headed to the park with photographer friend Ben Long and Joanna who agreed to be our subject. We recorded hundreds of images in bright light and shade using a variety of techniques. For the shot featured here, I used rim lighting on the hair (by turning the model's back to the sun) and my Canon 580 EX flash for fill. The camera was a Canon 5D with a 300mm lens.

In this podcast I talk about the variety of techniques we used that day for our outdoor portrait shoot. I'm sure there are a few tips in there that are perfect for you.

Monthly Photo Assignment

I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Self Portrait. I think it's time we get out from behind our camera and get in front of it. As with all of our assignments, I hope you add a creative twist to your approach. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

Listen to the Podcast

Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Outdoor Portraits." You can download the podcast here (28 minutes).

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Nice episod Derrick, as always!

I just finished a mother and daughter shoot outdoors and I sure wish I heard this podcast before I left! The pictures still turned out good (but it was hard to shoot in the bitter cold breeze). Great podcast - I am inspired for the next time I head outdoors when the weather warms up. Thanks.