Natural light reigns supreme: Tips on outdoor photography from Chris Burkard


posted Monday, June 13, 2016 at 12:01 PM EST


Adventure photographer Chris Burkard has a stunning portfolio of work that covers a wide range of personal and commercial projects. Having taken one of his online workshops through Creative Live, I also know that he is willing to share plenty of tips and tricks for helping other photographers improve their own work. He recently sat down with Marc Silber to discuss how to take great outdoor photos for the video below.

Burkard is a large proponent of natural light and showcasing a scene as how it can appear to someone if they were to visit the same area too. Similarly, Chris also likes to show places that a viewer can realistically envision themselves going to.

You don't have to put the camera away when faced with flat overhead mid-day lighting. There are ways to take advantage of shadows or light to create interesting images no matter the time of day or conditions, especially if you're considering a scene for black and white imagery. With that said, Chris gets most inspired by late-day lighting. For tips on composition, planning ahead and much more, be sure to watch the video!

If you're interested in learning more from Chris Burkard, check out our interview with him about shooting water. Feeling inspired to go out on your own photography trip? Check out this video from Burkard on how to pack for your photo adventure.


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To see more of Chris Burkard's excellent work, visit his website and join his nearly 2 million followers on Instagram.

For more from Marc Silber, check out his YouTube channel and visit his website.