Indoor or Outdoor Session

January 15, 2019  •  1 Comment

INDOOR OR OUTDOORS? WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Good lighting is essential if you want your photos to look great. "Photography" literally means 'drawing with light' in Greek. In fact, lighting is everything in photography - the presence of it, the direction of it or even the lack of it - it is vital whether you are indoors or outdoors.

 

INDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY

When you say indoor photography, you are referring to sessions that take place within a building or structure...though most people often think of a studio. But you can be anywhere: inside a coffee shop, an old hotel, a museum, warehouse, a dilapidated structure, or even a storage room. All of which can make some incredible backdrops! Some of these locations may need additional lighting or execute the kind of look the client or photographer envisions. 

ADVANTAGES: 

• There is no need to worry about weather! Cold, hot, windy, rainy - there isn't any stress about what the sky will bring on the day your photo session has been scheduled. 

• You have more control over the light for a creative vision and effects.

• Indoor locations are comfortable, heated in the winter, cool in the summer (hopefully!), perhaps there is a dressing room or restrooms, and other amenities that make your session more relaxing.

• Indoor photography offers privacy. You don't have to worry about crowded locations, people watching your session, waiting your turn for a shot in just the right place, loiterers, noise and other distractions that might make you uncomfortable during your shoot. Your feeling of being awkward and uncomfortable can be easily picked up on camera, so the private session inside can eliminate the anxiousness.

DISADVANTAGES:

• Space and time limits. The space chosen might be limited to a time restraint because it is being rented or borrowed. You may not have the luxury of choosing which time works best for the subject (s) involved in the session. Also, space might be small or cramped depending on what kind of session it is. 

• Lighting may not be ideal if proper artificial lights are not available.

• Some locations may be strict on where you can or cannot shoot and may interfere with how you want to carry out your vision.

Young man inside an old structure Inside an old hotel in the city

Young woman looking over her shoulder smiling inside a studio with natural light and studio lightInside under a large window

High school senior boy having some quiet time after working out in the gymInside a gym

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Outdoor photography provides unlimited possibilities to capture your vision, from woods to fields, to interesting textures of outdoor buildings, bridges, water and endless ways to light the subjects. The backdrops of seasons and landscapes excites every photographer!

ADVANTAGES TO OUTDOOR SESSIONS? HERE ARE SOME TO NAME A FEW:

• As mentioned above, your backdrop are limitless only to your vision. Elements such as the sky, water, architecture and landscape offers a plethora of options.

• Natural light and ambient light is in abundance. Sunny days, cloudy days, it doesn't matter. Stormy days offer their own unique and moody lighting that experienced photographers can tap into. 

• There are no space restrictions or time limits. 

• Outdoor photography offers the beauty of nature. The same place can look completely different depending on the season and time of day. The colors you get to work with ranges in lush greens, warm Fall colors, Spring pastels, golden hour light, blue hour light, - it is endless! Read this BLOG POST for info on how to choose the right season for your session.

YEAH. THERE ARE ALSO DISADVANTAGES TOO:

• Safety and privacy can be an issue. Your location may be wide open and in public so anyone can stop and watch and or be filled with people and you have to wait for it to clear before you can shoot.

• It can be inconvenient. You may have to walk or hike to your location with no restrooms in sight! This may make for uncomfortable situations and not always convenient.

• The weather will always be unpredictable. Always! You will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. And bugs. Especially in Minnesota during the summer. There WILL be mosquitoes! 

Happy family roasting marshmallows by a fire during blue hourOutdoors after the sun went down

Mother and daughter having a tender moment at sunset by the waterBeautiful Golden Hour Senior high boy having his session in the city at sunsetIn the city

Smiling, happy girl having her senior photos taken in the woodsSenior girl in the woods

So there you have it. We explored indoor and outdoor photography! Which do you prefer? You are welcomed to get in touch with me HERE for a complimentary consultation so we can get more in depth and create a session that is perfect for YOU!

 

 


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