It’s important to be safe when you’re out and about shooting portraits. Photographers can’t always control the environment in which they shoot, but that doesn’t mean they should put themselves in danger! Here are some safety tips for photographers:
Be careful when crossing the street.
When crossing a street, always look both ways before stepping out into traffic. Make sure to cross at intersections and use crosswalks whenever possible.
Watch out for cars.
When shooting in a busy area, always be aware of the traffic around you. Don’t stand in the middle of the road to take a picture!
Be careful when using props.
If you’re using props while shooting, be sure to use them safely. Watch out for sharp edges or points that could cause injury.
Look out for low-hanging branches.
Shooting in the woods or other areas where trees are present? Watch out for low-hanging limbs! They could hit you, your subject, or even damage your camera equipment.
Watch out when climbing rocks and ledges.
If you’re shooting on top of a rock formation or ledge, be extremely careful about where you’re stepping. One wrong move could result in a nasty fall.
Stay away from dangerous animals.
If you’re shooting in an area where there are potentially dangerous animals, be sure to keep your distance! Don’t try to get too close for that perfect shot – it’s not worth the risk.
Use common sense.
Above all, use common sense when you’re shooting. If something feels wrong or unsafe, don’t do it!
Be aware of your surroundings.
Always be aware of the environment around you and who is in that environment with you. This includes potential hazards such as dangerous animals or busy streets. When crossing a street always look both ways before stepping in.
Stay safe! Always make safety your number one priority when you’re out shooting portraits. These are just a few of the most important things to keep in mind while photographing, but there’s more information available online about staying safe as a photographer. Be sure to research other photographers’ tips for keeping yourself and others around you safe while shooting.
Jen is a freelance photographer. She took a lot of pictures for various magazines and events. Aside from this blog, she shares her passion by conducting workshops and seminars.