Best Natural Backdrops for a Photo Shoot

There are plenty of reasons to shoot outdoors for any portrait shoot. You have the natural lighting, the weather that can enhance the mood, and the simply picturesque scenery. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the suburbs there are plenty of natural backdrops you can use during your photo session if you know where or what to look for. Consider these top natural backdrops when scouting out a location for your next shoot.

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  1. Wooded areas

Shooting in the woods can be a little more challenging than with other natural backdrops but it is well worth the challenge. If your shoot is on a cloudy day than you have the perfect lighting to take some amazing portraits. If it’s a sunny day than you can creatively capture the rays of light coming through the treetops. In either case, you will have stunning images that will be a little mysterious yet beautiful

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  1. Sea, Beach or Lakes

If you are lucky enough to live near the water than you have an amazing backdrop for your photo shoot just waiting for you. These locations are some of the best because they tend to look different with each session. Since the tides are always changing, the weather may be different and the light is cast in various colors you can have a unique location every time you shoot.

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  1. Fields

In the spring and summer time, you can’t go wrong shooting in a field of flowers. They can add pops of color to your shoot and can capture a whimsical or fairytale mode perfectly. While fields of flowers can be colorful, cotton fields can also add a whimsical touch to your photo shoot. Shooting as the sun is going down will allow you to capture the light and buds of the field.

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  1. Sunset

No matter where you end up shooting capturing the sunset is always a perfect backdrop. From the orange and pink colors reflecting off the water to the golden rays dancing on flowers petals or through treetops, sunset is one of the most picture-perfect settings to capture.

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How to Achieve the Best Lighting in Every Photo Session

Of the many aspects that play an important role in achieving the perfect shot, lighting is among the top 10. Light can change the mood of a photo completely, adding depth and contrast to each shot.53634_2018.09.22_WED_Haughey

In order to ensure that you always achieve the best possible lighting before you start shooting, follow these tips:

  1. Understand your camera.Your camera was designed to help you take the best possible shots in different locations and situations so it helps to go through your camera’s settings in order to understand how you can still take good photos in low light scenarios.If you’re unsure, just place the camera on auto mode.52211_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot
  2. Consider your location. You will always get the best natural light by shooting outdoors but good light can be found indoors too. Choose a spot near a window or door where there is natural light streaming in. A subject that is lit from the side makes for some lovely photos.
  3. Light direction plays a role.If you know that you’ll be shooting outside, try and find a shaded area as this will provide even lighting on your subjects as opposed to dappled lighthing. You also don’t want your subjects to be squinting so make sure the sun is not directly behind you when you’re taking photos. With that being said, if you’re outside in the sun with limited alternatives, adding some sunglasses could be a good fix. 52085_2018.09.16_SEN_Smith
  4. Choose the right time of day.If possible, choose to shoot earlier or later in the day to take advantage of the best natural light. This is, of course, most applicable if you’re shooting outside.Try taking advantage of “the golden hour” which is 15-20 minutes before and after sunset.
  5. Pay attention to the weather.An overcast day often provides some really great lighting because the clouds act like a filter for the sun.
  6. Keep your flash handy.While using your flash is not always ideal, it definitely has its place and you should always keep it handy if you want to have a good backup lighting option available to you.49035_2018.08.29_POR_Schaul

Overall, when it comes to achieving the best possible light, planning is key. Visit Third Eye Photography to book your next event!

How to Get Clearer Images With Your Point and Shoot Camera

While it’s easy enough to take photos with a smartphone or a point and shoot camera, it isn’t always easy to get a shot that isn’t a bit blurry.

It can be rather frustrating to think that you’ve just captured an amazing photo only to find that the image isn’t good enough to share online or print. Below are a few pointers that you can use to stop this from happening in the future.52315_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot

  1. Keep your lens clean.We are always using our smartphones, which means they can get dirty and grimy quite quickly. By making a point of cleaning your camera or phone’s lens on a regular basis, you’ll automatically get clearer shots.
  2. Make use of natural light. Using natural light when taking your photos will give you much better images. Positioning your subject near a door or window will make a massive difference to your photos.
  3. Keep it steady.Most people who own a smartphone have mastered the art of taking photos with one hand but if your hand isn’t steady enough, you’ll almost always end up with blurry shots. Try holding a camera with both hands instead to see what a difference it makes. You can also rest your phone or camera on a table or pole if that will help you take a steadier shot.
  4. Forget the zoom.If you can help it, rather don’t use the zoom on your camera as this can detract from a photo’s quality, especially if you’re using a smartphone. Rather take a wider shot and crop the photo later on.
  5. Take more than one photo.Sometimes it’s best to take more than one photo so that you have a better chance of getting one great shot.
  6. Leave the flash off.Your phone or camera’s flash can be handy at times but it can also be the reason for your blurry images.

54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_BensonAlong with using the above tips, you simply need to practice if you want to learn how to take the best possible shots with your smartphone or point and click camera.

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Studio or On Location Shoot? Which One is Right for You?

Every photographer has their own preferences when it comes to where they love to shoot. Both indoor and outdoor settings have their own advantages and disadvantages and if you are trying to decide where to have your next photo shoot, here are a few factors to consider:

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Indoors shoots can be ideal for all types of photography sessions. From family portraits to engagement sessions, indoor shoots offer a great deal of versatility. You don’t have to worry about what the weather will be like, scouting out the perfect location and any other distractions that can make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.

Many people choose to do an indoor shoot because it can be a more comfortable setting. Often, indoor shoots allow you additional privacy to relax and be able to communicate better with your photographer. With outdoor shoots, you may feel more self-conscious with people passing by or how the wind is blowing your hair.

Indoor shoots, either at a studio or in your own home can be a good fit for shoots that involve younger children. It can be easier to schedule an in home session when there are babies and toddlers because it allows them to be in an environment that they are familiar with. This can also help them act more naturally in front of the camera.

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Outdoor shoots add a different dynamic to images. Being able to utilize the natural sunlight is something that cannot be easily recreated within a studio setting. If you’re looking touse natural light to your advantage, overcast days are perfect for this. The clouds act like a filter and can help soften the harshness of the shadows from the sun. If you don’t live in an area like Seattle where cloudy days are quite common, be aware not to shoot in bright light as your photos will look harsh and your subjects will probably be squinting. The golden hour, which takes place 15 – 20 minutes before sunset up until 15 – 20 minutes after sunset, is the best time to shoot outdoors.

Outdoor settings are great for engagement shoots as well as family photos. You will have more choices of where to shoot and you may also discover that one location will provide a variety of backdrops. While shooting in a public space might make some feel a little more self-conscious with people passing by and wind blowing in their hair, these same factors can make your images much more interesting.

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When deciding on a location for your shoot, keep your shoot’s theme as well as your subjects in mind. Preparation also goes a long way in making a certain setting work for you.

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How to Capture Amazing Photos With Your Special Someone

There’s something so fun and magical about capturing moments with your partner. When a couple is happy and in love, you don’t need any special formula to create beautiful photos as their feelings will shine through, but if you do want to try something different and really make your photos unique, here are a few photo ideas:

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As a couple, it’s very likely that you have a location or spot that’s unique and special to you. This could be the park bench where you shared your first kiss or the theme park where you had your first date. If possible, arrange for your photos to be taken at this location as it will bring back fond memories for you both, giving your photos that authentic look and feel.

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The Golden Hour is the best time to take photos so why not use the fact that the light will be soft to choose the ideal location for your shoot. If you’re choosing to take photos just before sunset, why take a few photos next to a cozy fire or next to a lake. Opting for an earlier shoot? A beautiful field that will light up just before the sun rises would make for amazing photos.

11614_2016-06-18_wed_karnik_cbmrMake it a colorful experience

Choosing a color as your theme makes for really unique couple shots. This doesn’t mean that you need to wear coordinating outfits and sit in front of a backdrop. By simply adding a few pops of color to your photos, you can create some incredibly fun snaps. A tie, dress or flowers are just a few of the items that you could use to do this.

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A few simple props can make all the difference to your photos. You don’t need to go overboard either, a fun red bicycle, a bunch of balloons or a cute umbrella would all add a simple yet unique touch to your photos.

Once you chat with your photographer about what you have in mind for your photos, they will easily be able to guide you during the session so you can capture some special moments between you and your partner that you will always cherish.

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Weddings and Their Dogs

So many of us love our dogs, almost as much as we love people. So why wouldn’t you include your dog in your wedding day! Well many have. Thank you POPSUGAR for publishing some of our dogs in your publications. Enjoy more of our wedding dogs here!

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Just a few! Thank you to all our amazing clients and for our publications! Please visit Third Eye Photography to book your next special event!

How to Organize Your Digital Photos Like a Boss

If you’re like most people, you probably have thousands of digital photos stored on a computer or hard drive but have you ever been searching for that one photo and the few minutes you thought it would take to find it turns into an hour?41249_2018.07.05_POR_Gilchrist

Top 3 tips for organizing your digital photos

Taking the time to develop a system that will help you better organize your photos will end up saving you hours in the future. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Check your camera’s settings.By making sure that your camera has the correct date and time setup, organizing your photos will be a lot easier now and in the future. With the correct dates and times in place, the right groups of photos will show up alongside each other, making it easier to save into specific folders.43835_2018.08.05_POR_Hodges
  2. Do a clean-up.If you’re generally a happy snapper, it might be time to set a few hours aside and carefully go through your photos and get rid of the images that are out of focus or aren’t of anything significant. This exercise will help you get organized and free up some space on your devices.36747_2018.03_12_POR_Grotheues
  3. Start with the year. In order to really get organized, you’re going to need to start creating some folders on your computer. Start with a folder for a specific year and create folders for each of the 12 months within it. You can now create folders within each month folder that speak to different events, vacations or impromptu pet photoshoots that took place during those months. For example, if you went on a skiing trip in January 2015, your folder structure would be: 2015 > January > Family Ski Trip. This folder structure will make it much easier to find your favorite memories.

It’s also important to download and create backups of your photos on a regular basis. You always want a second copy of your most precious memories as those photos are something that you’ll never be able to get back should your computer or hard drive crash.

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