Outdoors is great to pose in, because it affords so much more variety. You can choose by night or by day, or damn or dusk, and all sorts of locales and settings. When you have a model ready to go and you’re looking for some places to pose them, here’s a few ideas for interesting environments and backgrounds:
A Graffiti-Covered Wall This is traditional when you want to lend an urban, hardcore street aspect to your work. Do not think that it’s all tagging and gang signs – some graffiti artists are very talented and paint elaborate murals.
Desert Rock If the canyons and hills of Arizona, USA, ever look familiar to you, that’s because they’re the most filmed area in the world. Countless western-themed movies have been shot here, for cowboy-and-indian play of all kinds. The desert is also a great place to pose a sexy model, sometimes perched on a boulder with a rugged wind-carved canyon wall behind them.
The Beach It’s such a cliche, we have to include it. When photographing at the beach, always point the lens along the coastline. Never point it out to sea or in to shore. You’ll usually have your model strolling towards you and looking out to the water. This is everyones favorite for girls posing outdoors. Have you noticed that most beach shots tend to have the water on the right and the land on the left? Why is that? Anywhere, the beach is not the place for rampant, wild experimentation, so just go “by the book”. If you wanted to be dancing and original, you would not be shooting at the beach in the first place.
The Woods You’ll want a clear, a sunny day, plenty of leaf canopy making dappled shadows all over everything, and your model slouched up against a tree. Medieval costume with fierce-looking weapon optional.
A Park Bench Great for those interview poses, or the kind of shots which make for dust-jacket author photos. A well-designed bench makes a good prop for black-and-white photography as well, if you’re especially artistically inclined.