Longer days and pleasant weather makes summer in New England fun for everyone– but especially for photographers. At the BPW, we’ve had the chance to run a number of outdoor workshops, and have compiled a few tips and considerations for any photographers planning on shooting outside this season:
Find a great photograph in an ordinary moment.
We’ve all done it before– we leave our cameras behind because we assume the day ahead will be uneventful.
BPW Students taking our Beginners classes will often hear our instructors say, “Take your camera out during your lunch break. You never know what you will find!” We even challenge those students to find something interesting in a small (and relatively plain) space as one of the practice segments to our Better Composition in the Field class.
Bring your camera along wherever you go this summer! Photography is all about being proactive and seeing what others may not see. Practice different compositions (here's a handy BPW article) and challenge yourself to make the ordinary extraordinary!
Get out of your comfort zone in an easy going environment.
Before you go on that amazing safari or to that trip to Iceland, practice a variety of photography styles to get the fundamentals locked down. Ultimately, you’ll want to embrace new challenges with the right tools for thinking through the photographic process. If you are a landscape photographer, challenge yourself with portrait photography– so when your family goes hiking with you, you’ll find yourself capturing a range of images that will ultimately make you (and your family) happy.
After completing some of our classes, we hope to guide our students even more by hosting free events. Our students have a chance to practice photographing something new with the assistance of our instructors. From skate parks at sunset to aerial acrobatics— we offer a variety of subject matter for everyone to photograph.
Shoot in all kinds of light, and don’t miss out on the best two.
Photographers know that light can convey certain moods. Photographs that capture a certain whimsical, summer-like feel are a result of shooting during Golden Hour. The best thing about Golden Hour is that is happens twice a day! Slightly after sunrise or just before sunset is when the sun is low, the light is soft, and the environment feels more romantic.
In these past few months, the BPW has hosted special edition Better Composition in the Field classes during Golden Hour and they will continue until September! Join us after work or during the weekend chasing the light and enjoying the warm days in Boston.
Pro Tip: If you have limited time in a destination spot but still want to capture photos during Golden Hour, spend the early morning or afternoon scouting locations and setting up your frame. You can then revisit it later in the day without worrying about losing time.