Outdoor or Studio
Picking outdoor or studio can completely change the look of your image. Most photographers shoot outside with natural light. Studio photographers use specialized lighting and modifiers to create a clean controlled look. Some photographers combine both flash studio lighting and natural light. I originally was trained with studio lighting and combined these skills with natural light. Either style can get you beautiful pictures, so how to you chose which style fits you?
Indoor images taken with specialized lighting and modifiers on a background or set.
Outdoor images taken in completely natural light in different locations such as beach, city, or trails.
Combining both natural light with studio elements by adding highlights or fill light to bring out a more compelling image.
Points to Consider
- What do you want in your end product? Do you want something clean and simple or something more natural? What are you using these images for? Sending it to family, a job, an agency, or posting online? Look at what others have done or ask your photographer for suggestions.
- Share photo ideas with your photographer such as Pinterest or other works you’ve seen.
- Be sure to check a photographer’s portfolio before scheduling a sitting. Most photographers will have a very particular style. Be sure to express what style you’re interested in before your session as every photographer will see composition and lighting differently.
- When in doubt, let your photographer decide based on your needs.