"Successfully photographing people outdoors is not hard at all," says Jim Z. "In fact, it's easy if you use the following guidelines."
1. Use soft and diffused lighting such as from an overcast sky or shade.
2. Make sure the background is in shade, too. Don't photograph someone in the shade and have a background with direct sun or even sunny highlights. That will ruin the picture.
3. Use a telephoto lens, at least 150mm or so.
4. Make sure the background is either out of focus or complementary in some way.
5. Don't ask for a fake smile.
- See more information about Jim Zuckerman and his online photography courses at his BetterPhoto instructor's bio page.
- In addition, Jim Z contributed wonderful images to my next two BetterPhoto Guide books (both co-authored with Kerry Drager): The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography (just published) and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light (due out in April 2012).