5 Outdoor Shooting Tips for your Easter Photo Shoots

Marianne Stenger
2nd April 2019

The Easter break is fast approaching, and the warmer weather combined with open air markets and fairs, Easter egg hunts, and family nature walks means plenty of new photography opportunities.

If you’re a parent, it’s a particularly special time for photography as you’ll be documenting your children’s excitement at things like hunting for chocolate eggs, seeing adorable baby animals for the first time, and taking part in Easter-themed games and craft projects. With this in mind, here are a few tips for making the most of your outdoor photography sessions this Easter.

1. Use fill flash

Bright midday sunlight can cast long harsh shadows, and this can be especially unflattering when you’re photographing people up close. Using your flash in the middle of the day might seem odd, but it can minimise these unwanted shadows and provide more even lighting.

Although your camera’s built in flash won’t produce the same effect as a softbox or speedlight, it can still come in handy when nothing else is available. Before using it, though, go to the settings menu and adjust the exposure compensation of the flash so it will lighten the shadows without the effect being too noticeable. Check out this piece for more advice on taking photos in bright sunlight. 

2. Capture the action with shutter priority mode

Posed photos of your subjects smiling into the camera are lovely, but it can also be fun to get some shots of the action as it happens. Whether your kids are racing to find the chocolate eggs or playing silly Easter-themed games, you’ll need to use a fast shutter speed to avoid blurry photos.

The easiest way to make sure your shutter speed will be fast enough freeze fast action is to shoot in shutter priority mode. This will allow you to select a faster shutter speed, without having to worry about constantly adjusting the aperture to maintain the correct exposure.

If you can, take some practice shots before the real action starts so you can figure out what settings you want to use. This way, once the fun and games start in earnest, you can focus on capturing the important moments rather than fiddling with your camera.

3. Shoot in burst mode

When you’re photographing a scene that’s changing very quickly, it can be a good idea to shoot in burst mode or continuous shooting mode. Using this setting allows you capture a series of photos in rapid succession and is perfect for getting action shots of kids running and jumping as well as capturing people’s changing expressions as they join in on the activities.

4. Use a zoom lens

Although you certainly don’t a need fancy telephoto lens to take good outdoor photos, a zoom lens can come in handy when you’re trying to capture a variety of different scenes and aren’t always able to move physically closer to the action. A general purpose zoom lens that covers a range of 18-105mm could be a great option for photographing outdoor events, as you’ll be able to zoom in easily for close-ups and then quickly zoom out for group shots and action shots.

5. Try to simplify your background

Another thing to pay attention to when photographing people at a busy outdoor event is the background. If the background is too cluttered or busy, it can steal the attention from your subject, so look for ways to keep it as simple as possible.

For example, if your subject isn’t standing out enough, you could have them stand in front of a plain wall or open field. If you can’t move your subject, changing your own point of view and angle can also help you avoid distracting background details. If moving isn’t an option, you can also use a wider aperture to blur the background.

Of course, you shouldn’t strip it down too much, as the background can also provide useful clues as to where and what time of year a photo was taken. Focus on capturing that “Easter feel” in your photographs by including things like green meadows, colourful Easter eggs, and yellow daffodils. 

Want to read more easter related posts? Head over to our article on Easter traditions around the world.