Capturing Interesting Photos in the Forest on a Low Budget

Too often you see photography projects that yield incredible results and think, “If only I had the money to do something like that?” Well today’s video shows you that you don’t need a lot of money to create an amazing image. Photographer Matthew Drozd had a great idea for a photo, but no budget to shoot on. But that didn’t convince him to give up:

Despite his meager one camera, one flash, and one model (and horse) setup, Drozd was able to capture a stunning professional-looking image. Without money to hire a model, he simply asked his father to pose for him. As for his one flash, he puts it to good use, mixing it with ambient light to create a very dramatic tone for the image. Basically, you don’t need a lot of money to get great images. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

Some ideas for shooting on a budget:

  • Ask your family and friends. Using the people close to you for modeling purposes can not only save you money, but it can help you become more comfortable with posing and shooting people. If they support you and your passion, then they’ll most likely be glad to help. Just be cautious about asking them for the 20th time.
  • Use ambient light. Many professionals use strobes, but natural and ambient lighting can be just as dramatic when used properly. Don’t think you need to invest in a big name brand flash either. There are many smaller, much more affordable off brand strobes that work great.
  • Shoot somewhere nearby. Travel expenses can be a hassle, especially if you have a lot of gear or subjects.
  • Be resourceful. There are many photo and lighting accessories that you can make yourself for much less. A poster board makes a nice substitute for a reflector. A curtain or large piece of fabric can make a nice backdrop. And a friend can make a nice substitute for a light stand.
outdoors shooting on budget

One camera, one flash, one model, and a good location. What else do you need?

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