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On Location Portrait Photography Your Best Pictures Anywhere

teacher avatar Angel David Weatherston, Helping Artists Grow

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19 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. 1 Know Your City

      3:50
    • 2. 2 Landscape

      4:02
    • 3. 3 Parks

      6:07
    • 4. 4 Beach

      4:04
    • 5. 5 Downtown

      4:43
    • 6. 6 Background

      2:54
    • 7. 7 Leaning

      2:45
    • 8. 8 Seats

      1:32
    • 9. 9 Blurry Background

      4:08
    • 10. 10 Finding the Light

      3:40
    • 11. 11 Avoiding the darkness

      1:37
    • 12. 12 Extra Tips

      2:42
    • 13. 13 Create a scene with Light

      2:09
    • 14. 14 Places to Try

      1:46
    • 15. 15 Places to Avoid

      3:35
    • 16. 16 Stairs

      1:34
    • 17. 17 Distracting Elements

      7:46
    • 18. 18 Number of Spots

      3:33
    • 19. 19 Your Favorite Spot

      2:50
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Do you struggle taking pictures on location? Do you feel stuck finding the right spot to take picture? Do you always go to the same spot take pictures of your clients? THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

In this course we will talk about all the topics when it comes to on location photography. We will talk about what spots are good and bad and what you should be looking for when you go somewhere to do a photoshoot. We will talk about things within a location that can help you take better pictures and things that can help pose you models. We will also talk about using effects like shallow dept of field and lighting to make a bad location look more interesting.

You will also get to see 50+ examples of photoshoots I did on location and I will explain my thought process for choosing that spot to take the pictures.

You can take amazing images just about anywhere you go, you just need to know the tools that pro photographer use to make a location that looks simple have some amazing images.

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1. 1 Know Your City: in this section, we wouldn't be talking about knowing your city. In order to really take advantage on location photography, you must know where you live Really well, if you're out into a new city or whatever doing research on that location looking at your map, really looking at where all the parks are out, where all the landmarks are, where the bodies of water are at forest, anything green on the map is a great place to be at. So really knowing where everything is in your city and exploring really helps you out with on location photography. There's many places that people are known for shooting. You can do your research on in your city, where photography miss usually at. If a place is very popular for photography, you can visit it on most weekends and see other photographers taking pictures there. That's where you know that this has been a place that's been known for a great photography , so really research where that is in your city. I live in Chicago and in Chicago is very popular to shoot places like Wicker Park, which is an artsy neighborhood and downtown. So places like that I know I can go to a guess. I'm really creative pictures off people, so really knowing your city will help a lot. I remember when I traveled to Florida, I was lost, was shooting a model. And I asked her what good places to take pictures at that, you know, off. And then once I get to a location that they think it's good, then is my job to figure out within that location? What are some good spots that will create some Greek pictures? So first thing I recommend anybody is do your research and your city. If you just moved to your city, really travel and visit new places for the sake of your photography. Have you been in a city your whole life? Really? Think about what places might have looked good on. Go out there and try those places for your shoots. So not much too. It really investigative research. I will attempt to follow on social media photographers. There are local, see their work and sometimes message, then asked him, Where do you take this picture and where do you take this picture so that I know some places to explore? Check out, you know, one of the things that I remember. I was really looking for it. I wanted my portfolio. I see many photographers do it, and I just didn't know where. Waas waas railroad tracks. I really wanted to find this continued railroad tracks or any any a chance for me to take a picture of a model in a railroad track, and I remember seeing all these local photographers do it and message them and ask them where Waas and I remember photographer telling me always in Chinatown and then me and a model in a hairstylists driving all around Chinatown looking for this railroad track. I eventually found a nice park that had won and ended up going there and using that rebel track for a lot of great images. But really like looking for things that you want from your from watching other people's portfolios and then finding that specific thing in your city, whether it's a body of water, railroad track, nice, fully H background or anything that you think it's interesting that you've seen in other people's work, find out in your city and know where these things are at, so that you can go to these places often and take those kinds of pictures with potential clients. So that's when it comes to knowing your city. And now we're gonna move on to the next section. 2. 2 Landscape: in this section, I'm gonna be talking about landscape images. What I mean by last keep images. It's not ah, large images of the landscape, but I'm talking about Portrait's shot in last keep mode, sometimes in portrait mode, but with the intention of showing off the landscape, showing off the background. It could be mountains. It could be buildings. It could be a big water fountain or waterfall. So many big things that you think look amazing. You could have the Eiffel Tower behind you or the Statue of Liberty behind you. Something a big bridge, anything that you find interesting that you want to include in your image. You have to make sure that you know how to properly put that in that image. My recommendation is if it's a famous landmark, look up how other photographers have pictured their pictures. With that landscape, you can look up that landscape on Google images, Pinterest, whatever. And a lot of times a lot of people have already posted pictures with that landmark, and you can see how they use that for their background. Some recommendations are make sure everything is lit well, so make sure that the background is not overexposed or under exposed relative to your subject. If your subject is darker than the background, then make sure you have some speed lights or external lighting that can hit the model so that the model is even exposed with that background. If you really want to show that background in your image, the other thing is make sure you have the right lens that you can shoot a white open if it's really big that you have something that can, um, be wide enough a wide angle lense so that you can see everything. The third thing I recommend is make sure there's not that many distracting elements in the background. And the main thing by that is people and cars. I always found that people in cars are very distracting in the background, so make sure that there's not that many people or cars in the background shooting a weird angle where you can avoid that if you can, or in postproduction, make sure that you raised one or two people that you captured in the background. If you got a really good shot, I remember doing that at the beach. I shoot a really big image and then there several people in the background and I just go in there and erase them. Photoshopped does a good job off erasing things and fell in them and with what should have been there. Content aware tool. But just make sure that you got that good. Thea. Other advice I can give is if the thing that you're trying to include in your image is too big or too far away. Play with your focal length. You well known is that by zooming in or out, things in the background look bigger or smaller. Then they actually are by just looking at them. So you look at it on, and it looks a certain size relative to your subject. But when you switch lenses, those things could get bigger or they can get smaller. And those air tricks the photographers use to make things that are really big look smaller . Are there really far away look like they're right next to the subject, So play with focal length. That's why it's really good to have a telephoto lens. We'll talk about all that more a little later, but really play with that to make things in the background. really pop in your image. So that's it when it comes to landscape images on and now we're gonna move on to the next section. 3. 3 Parks: in this section. I'm gonna be talking about parks. Almost everybody likes to go to a park to take images. And I do too. I've got too many parks to shoot images, and my recommendation is instead of just going to random parks all the time, really researched. These parks really explore and walk around these parks before the photo shoot. I like to show up to a park before the photo shoot of walk around and find my ideal spots for images. It's not always accurate that, like all of this boat, was great. It's sometimes experimental, and you got to try it out. You never know until you taken image to see if it's gonna be good or not Things to avoid in parks that people think, Oh, it's gonna look good is the really nice tree I've seen so many people go. All this tree looks really nice when you take a picture with me by the tree, and the problem is your this small and the trees this big and I can't capture the tree and you in the image and you look good. It's either the tree or you kept your picture of you just gonna be the the trunk, the bottom part of the tree and not the whole tree. So avoid the nice tree. Who cares about the nice tree and how it looks? Just think about stuff that are almost equal height there, close to the same height as a subject. Um, green looks really good with people. Skins green in the background looks really good. So look for the most green thing and use that in your background. Really Get green in your background and you're gonna see that the skin and the colors pop because they're complementary colors on the orange and most skin tones and green, um, really make people skin and people in general pop. So if you ever get like bushes or foliage that you can use as a background, use that. So that is all green in the background. And then the subject really pops. Another cool thing that I do in parks is I look for pathways, so basically a lot of parts have, like sidewalks within the park for people to walk through the park, and then I'm always looking for one that seems to be like cover by shade and trees. So whether I'm shooting with natural light or using speed lights. They're not being hit by so much sun, and I can control the lighting and really get even lighting across the whole subject. The other thing is that this shape that the trees make and the pathway if you really show the lines of the ground and the subject, it kind of creates like a frame for the subject to be in the center off. And it looks really good in images. I've had couples walking, family standing together. I've had models, just people just then in the center of this pathway with a tree like above them and it looks really nice. So that's something I like to do in parks. Another thing that some people don't really think of to do. But, um, using the grass floor as a background, like shooting straight down, um, at a model or kid or whatever. A couple late now together in the grass looks pretty good because the backgrounds all green . It looks really nice. It's dirty. It's really mess up there close. But if there were something they're okay with getting dirty doing, that would be a great image. It's hard to get the right angle. Sometimes you're just shooting without looking and hoping to get a good composition. But it is something that you can try at parks that's worked for me. Another thing that I do it parks is I use benches. Almost every part has a bench, and benches lead to really great sitting images. So when I'm shooting a couple kids, our motto I usually find a nice bench deaths in the shade, and I use that for some really good sitting images. Um, I've had a park that I shot him once that had a baseball field, and I use defense that by the baseball, um, batting area for model to like lean against that and abuse of bleachers for a model to lay on an issue from above and get some great images. I'll show you those and explain more later on. But just look for things backgrounds that you can use. If there's any in the park, Look, take advantage of the green. If you really wanna show off the background. Sometimes, like in the open field where there's a bunch of trees really far away, you can have somebody will like address or something just then there and have instead of just what the background normally is, is like the sky. And it's all blown out. Have the trees mixed in with the sky. Be part of the background of your image, and with that blurred, it looks really nice. So those are some tricks for parks that I've used. That's really helped me out to get some great images and parks. Now we're gonna move on to the next section. 4. 4 Beach: in this section, we were talking about shooting at the beach, some tips and tricks to getting some really great images and a one of the hardest places to take images. That and that is the beach. The thing that makes a beach one of the hardest is an open field, which I talked about not being a great spot to shoot it. It has direct sunlight, which is hard to shoot. And if there is no clouds in the sky and a lot of time, there's a lot of people in the background which it's really bad. It's distracting. That looks really bad in images. So here's some tips to shooting in the beach. The first thing is, don't go too deep in the water. It your most of your peers, not waterproof. It doesn't look that good when the water is at high up. Most off images shot at the beach are done right by the shore right where the water is only touching your feet and that's it. You don't need to go any deeper, Um, and you really want to show the water as much as you can when you're at the beach, so you want to be right there. Um, some great ways that I've used the beach is I have the model sit down by the water so the water comes right up to their feet and she's sitting down in this and sand, and I'm taking an image from one angle in which I showed the rest of the water and some of the sand, and it looks really nice. The sand. It's a really great place to really play around with imposes. I've had girls on their knees posing in the sand, sitting in the sand lane in the sand. There's a lot of stuff. You could do the same. Just find an area where this enough privacy and shoot there on play with different angles in the sand. One of the things I like to play with is sometimes there is these the little area that the lifeguard sit on top of, and it's right in the middle off the beach. I would have subjects lean up against that, and we would take some images with that because it's something extra to add to the sand and the water. If you have any wood or anything that someone can lean on in the middle of the beach. So another tip is to take advantage off golden hour, where the sun is by the water. If you're at a beach and you have the sun rising from the water, then you wake up really early and go there, and then we can catch the sun right on the horizon. Then you get this amazing, beautiful image. If it's sets in the water, then do it a night right before the sun is about to go down. Go there, take some images than when the sun hits right the horizon. You take that great golden our image with the water in the background. So those are some tips to shooting and the beach. The last thing I just remembered. If there's any rocks playing with the rocks, rocks have been known in several beaches to be a great place to sit a subject that or stand a subject in with long dresses. So if you find these rocks really play around with, I'll sit here and then we take a picture. Now it doesn't look good sitting on that rock, and let's take a picture this a little better. Just find a right rock to sit a subject and taken image there. So that's it Went it comes to shooting in the beach and taking some great images at the beach. Now we're gonna move on to the next section. 5. 5 Downtown: in this section, we're gonna be talking about shooting downtown. If you're in a major city anywhere in the world, chances are you have a downtown area where most of your land works are ads where most of your big buildings are at. If you have such place and you're shooting there because a lot of photography is done there , here's some tips to really take a vanish of these locations. The first thing is, see if you can get framing from buildings. Seeing you can get, like two buildings and a subject in the middle where the two buildings are on the side, and it really creates like a if frame for your subject. Using that will really help make your subject look more interesting. Another thing that you can do is whenever you find any background, any wall as you're walking around, that looks interesting. Shooting it. Another thing is avoid people as much as possible. I know it's very hard because they're all over the place, but it is a place that's overcrowded. Don't try to fight through everybody to get a good picture there. I avoided and want to like the emptiest spot that I could find to take a good picture at. If there's any staircase outside, maybe the leads up to the building take pictures in the staircase is holding onto the railing while going up the stairs or sitting in the stairs Look really nice. So I really love playing with stairs whenever I see them outside, something else is anything any corner leading lines, anything that shows lines in the images or it's a corner. If you put a subject right on the edge, the corner kind of leads to the subject. So instead of standing somebody by the wall and the corners right here and it looks like this, if you send somebody right in the corner, your eyes kind of get drawn to the person because the walls are pushing in towards the person in the center. Also, if the corners that's sticking out sticking in, so it's the other way. It's like this. You find an edge where the walls are out like this. You can have a subject to right in the center of that, and it would really draw attention and make them pop. If you can shoot with that, this applies to any where you shoot but downtown or any artsy neighbourhood, and you find something like that that is really cool. If you find anything artistic, anything with lots of colors, murals, paintings, anything that you can use as a background, try to use that and blur if you're going to shoot up against a wall. So let's say this building has a nice texture wall. Instead of just shooting straight on, shoot them from an angle so that the whole wall is shown and it creates dept and the walk. So looks really interesting if you shouldn't through a nice war, if the subject is on the side, up against the wall and you can see on them and the length of the wall. So something like that looks really nice. Another thing that you can do it downtown is creating a really nice last keep image, as we talked about before, picking the right focal length and all of that. Make sure that a lot of the buildings are in the background and you have your subject, their subjects closer to use of their height, almost matches of background. You don't want the buildings to be that much bigger than the subject. You have to find that golden spot in your city where you can see it much of your downtown area and have your subject really stand out and show a lot of that background area. I know in my city, if by a planetarium near the beach way should there you get most of the city in the background, so really looking for that area will lead to someone amazing images. It leads to a lot of walking around and exploring to really get some great images anywhere you go, especially in downtown. So that's it when it comes to downtown and artsy neighborhoods. Now we're gonna move on to the next section. 6. 6 Background: in this section. I'm gonna be talking about backgrounds whenever I am anywhere. I'm always looking for a nice background, a nice background that I can shoot in either portrait or landscape mode that will be able to have my subject either full body or 3/4 or sometimes even a close up. And the background looks really nice. I'm looking for solid colors. I'm looking for green bushes, foliage, anything that's just all green in the background. I'm looking for textures, so fences, bricks, anything that creates a pattern. I'm looking for anything that might look interesting in my image, and I'm scouring through neighborhoods, parks anywhere. I go looking for these backgrounds, and whenever I go somewhere, I'm scanning, saying, I'm gonna shoot that background. We shouldn't that back. I'm a shooting. This background, also nice background is luckily for me, have been doors many doors because it creates a frame around the subject look really interesting to shoot it. So if you find a nice door, I would use that. Ask your background. Another thing that I really like is reflective backgrounds, so a lot of storefronts buildings have a wall that is either glass like see through or even Nazi True, but it's still reflective. And then I use my speed lights to bounce light on that background and really get some really nice lighting. So the way I do it is I will have the subject away from the wall. So here's a long Here's a subject and I hit the light. The light will bounce off of that and come and hit them from behind, and then it will create a glare of light on their side. And I like this hitting them from behind. So it's just lights all over the place. It looks very interesting. Also, you can get their reflection to show up. So like they're leaning up against the wall and their reflection also shows That's very interesting to So there's anything that's as a reflective ah surface. I go to that. I say, Let's take some pictures there. You're leaning up against it. You're sitting up against it, whatever it ISS. But let's see, we could get a reflection and play with that. So that's that when it comes to backgrounds, everywhere you go and now we're gonna move on to the next section 7. 7 Leaning: in this section, I'm gonna be talking about looking for things to lean on. One of the hardest things for people is posing, which is why I created several courses on posing. But even at that, my recommendation is one of the easiest things to do when posting somebody is to have a lien on something. So whenever I'm on location, I'm always looking around for places that people can lean on, things that are kind of like waist level and higher, because at waist level, they can, like, rest their arms on, and I'm always finding a way for someone to rest their arm or something. Either they hold on to something, they arrest their forearms on their elbows or the rest their bodies on. Uh, so whenever I'm on location, I'm looking for places for people to lean on. Wallace is obviously one of the ones I go to, but if there's any like edge that they can lean on, like on a bridge railings, even like a poll, anything that somebody can lean on put their arms up against will really help. It poses on what portrait photography and will really help with the poses. So where you're looking for is places to lean on and center the whole image around that. Once you find a place for someone in lean on C, which angle do you have to shoot to get the best background? So there's a railing or something? Okay, we're gonna use this now I'm gonna look around. I'm gonna walk around and see what's causing the best background. And then from there I pose the subject the best where they're leaning on. Also, if you're not leaning with your top half, maybe you could be resting your leg on something. Sometimes I have them put their leg back on something or put their leg up on something. And if there's something that they could put their leg on, that's also leaning. But like, which are like and I'm looking for that because it will create a nice shape to a body, and either this gonna sit on it or they're gonna rest their leg on that. So really, look for stuff that you can use either the legs or the arms to rest on within a location and then see if you can get a great image off of that. That is one of the tips I have. So find something to lean on and use that to your advantage that so when it comes to leaning on some things and now we're gonna move on to the next section. 8. 8 Seats: in this section, we will be talking about seats every time I go somewhere. I'm always finding Where are the places that my subjects can sit on? Because sitting is one of the categories off opposes that you can do with a subject. They could be standing leaning or sitting or lane. So I'm looking for the places where people consider every chair available any, um, bench anything that they can just sit on and relax on. I'm looking for so that I can try some sitting poses. Those are the places that I have listed in my mind. When I go to a place I'm like, Here's my walls. Here's a place someone to lean on. Here is the places I'm going to sit on. This is the place. If we're gonna try to get images off and sometimes you go to a sit, walk around and realize that you can't get a great image, you move on. That's what happens when you go to a new location. Sometimes when you go to the same location, you know where the best places are at and you just repeat those and then just try a few new ones. But mainly repeat the ones that work. But in my list is always a place for somewhere to say that I don't just do a photo shoot without including some sort of sitting posts within the photo shoot. So find the places where people can sit at and take advantage of those because those are really gonna help with your on location photography. So that's that. That said, when it comes to seats and now we're gonna move on to the next section. 9. 9 Blurry Background: in this section, and we'll be talking about blurring the background when it comes to on location photography . Ah, lot of the times you gonna end up realizing the your background just looks very, very ugly. And one of the things that pro photographers do is that they shoot with prime lenses at a wide open aperture so that the image looks very, very blurry in the background. And no matter what the background this, it still looks good. So my recommendation would on location photography is have a really, really nice prime lens, which you don't have a prevalence. At least have a telephoto lense, because when you zoom in all the way close to 200 millimeters or higher, you get blurry backgrounds. So whether you're zooming in or having an aperture that allows blurry backgrounds, all of that is really going to help with your on location photography. You're gonna seem like an expert that can shoot amazing images anywhere you go just because you blurred your background, everything we talked about before and didn't include blurring your background. I use my background to my advantage to make the images look nice, But sometimes the background just looks ugly. No matter what you do, so blurring your background really helps certain tips that you want to do. One blurring your background is make sure that the subject is far away from the background . You can have a subject lean on a wall and expect the water be blurry is too close to the subject for it to be blurry. So the subject has to be several feet in front of the law in order for the wall to look blurry. Also, make sure that the colors look nice when their blurred. Some of the things that look really nice to blur is lights, because it causes Boca to appear in the background. So there's some really nice lights in the background, and you can creep Boca out of them by blurring them. Really Try to use those to make your background look nicer. Another thing you can do is shoot with shoes straight into the sky with an overcast is happening. So when there's enough clouds in the sky that's covering the whole sky, what ends up happening is when you're trying to blur the background. That's guy. That background looks like a soft white, as if you were shooting in a studio setting, which looks really nice. And then sometimes, if there's some trees or something still appearing that green and the white look really nice together. So using Blur is really gonna help you out. Don't try to avoid buying prime lenses if you're only gonna have get one. Like if you can only afford one and you're saying was the best prevalence to get. I recommend any prime lens that has a larger focal something like 85 millimeters or higher . People are buying their fifties there, 35 thinking that they're gonna create all these great portrait's with blurry backgrounds. But what ends up happening is that there's distortion when you do close ups and by having and white open and you having to get closer to get a close up is gonna really disturbed distort the person. So a great focal like this, like 85 or higher in 85 1.81 point four would be really good. Or just use a telephoto lens like a 72 202.8. That's a great lens that has a nice Apertura 2.8 and ability to zoom in so really blurs a background. So that's it when it comes to blurring your background to help you with on location photography, and now we're gonna move on to the next section. 10. 10 Finding the Light: in this section, we may be talking about finding the light whenever go to shoot on location and I'm shooting outside and I'm using natural light or I'm including the sun with my speed lights. I'm always looking out for the light. Where's the sun? Where is direct sunlight? Because I'm trying to avoid it. In most cases, whenever you shoot in a shaded area, you get more control of the light. You also want to avoid shaded areas that are causing a lot of bounce light to be off another color. If the walls around you are of a certain color, that bounced light is going to create were color on the skin off your subjects. So if the sun is hitting the fully age or bushes or trees and then you're in the shape, chances are your subjects gonna look a little green on you want. Avoid that. If you can. Our play with your white balance settings as best as you can. Post production is just little things to think about. I don't worry about it too much, but it's something to consider. Really. Look at the color that is casting by the natural light to see if it's affecting your image . Uh, I'm always looking for places that have nice lighting mixed in lighting, like the subject being in the shade. And some of the son in the background looks really nice as long as you're backgrounds not blown out. Or you can add speed lights to your subject so that they're bright enough to match the light in the background. So I'm always looking for places that have great lighting. Sometimes you could be in the shape and you shoot the subject and the kind of dark. But if you turned them toe another angle, they're brighter in the face. And that could be were like even though you're in the shade, if brighter from certain angles and other because of where the sun is coming from, even though the sun's not hating because of the shape. If the sun is over, their chances, ours and re brighter here than if I face away from it. So really, look at what's causing the face to look the brightest, even in a shade, and use that for the England, which you shooting unless that background looks really bad and they just, uh, try to use external lighting of possible dark faces look really bad, in my opinion, on images. So really try to use the light to your advantage on location. Thea Other advice is if you do have to use direct sun like in my natural light photography course, make sure that the sun is hitting behind the subject and is not in the frame. When you're shooting the image, make sure the sun does not appear in the image because isn't created big glare in the image that's gonna look really bad now. Sometimes glare looks nice, but in most cases it doesn't so. Make sure that the sun is not hitting directly at your lens and creating a glare so you could use it by hiding the sun with the subject or sometimes just using a lens hood on your lens that will block the sun. This is some tips for on location photography when it comes to lighting, that's it when it comes to finding the light, and now we're gonna move on to the next section 11. 11 Avoiding the darkness: in this section, I'm gonna talk about avoiding darkness. My top top top recommendation is if you're gonna shoot outside, don't shoot at night. Now, you might have seen some really nice night images, but shooting a night is one of the hardest things to do. You have to rely on external lighting, your camera struggles, focusing on subjects at night. And the worst part is the backgrounds are usually all black. So what's the point of shooting outside if the backgrounds all black, you tend to have to resort to really high I S O settings, which are costs really grainy images or having to lower your shutter speed, which could cause blurry images. So in almost every case you're losing if you're shooting at night, and that could also mean shooting at daytime in dark areas, there's some areas that you're like. Oh, this is a shade. But if it's too dark and you're having the same issues, you want to avoid that if you're shooting in the daytime, but the backgrounds really dark, So let's say you have the subject in the sun, but the background is in the shade that could end up going all black and you want avoid that. So just avoid the darkness at all. Um, chances that you get Look for the light. Avoid the darkness. That's it when it comes to darkness and on a location photography. And now we're gonna move on to the next section. 12. 12 Extra Tips: in this section. When we're talking about natural frames, whenever you're out and about, if you position yourself in a certain way, you can see frames being set up. That could be pillars that could be doorways that could be buildings that could be anything that could be right on the parallel to the subject. Or it could create a perfect square. Anything that frames the subject to the center looks really nice. Whenever you're using those, try to make sure that you're subject to centered on it and that out on the side, because then it looks a little weird. So whenever you flying that anywhere you go, just really look for that, it could be in between two trees that looked like they're kind of close together. So just really look for that. The the subject doesn't even have to be in the center of those two things like those two things don't have to be to the left and right of that. It could be really far away, but they're creating a frame in your portrait. So when you look at the image, the two buildings in the background, uh, make the subject look like they're centered um, and make makes like a frame for the subject. So these two hands were buildings and I'm in the center. I look interesting than one building was over here now, standing here right next to this building by being centred to those two buildings. It looks very nice. That's something about composition that's gonna help. You guys were shooting on location to make it look interesting. Another thing about composition you could do besides these natural frames is adding something up to the foreground. So between me and from between the camera and the subject and blur that thing in front of it rather than always blur in the background. Blurring something in front of it makes the subject look interesting. I can't explain all the details to wipe, but if you find something that it's in front of you, that you can include just a portion of it in the image and blurring that that's gonna make the image look interesting as well. So there's a few extra tips to making on the image look more interesting. So that's it with the whole course. Thank you guys. So much for watching. I have a bunch of photography courses of a low for you guys to check out on almost every topic. So please check those out and hope to see you guys in another course. 13. 13 Create a scene with Light: and this section, I'm gonna be talking about using lights to create your seen to be ableto have MAWR options when shooting on location. Whenever you get to the speed light system in your photography and you're shooting with 12 or three speed lights, you're really opening up yourself to being able to make a place that looks kind of bad. Look nicer. One of things you can do with lights is either make the background, um, look brighter. You could make the subject stand out more, or you can even change the color of any element in your picture with color gels. I have a whole course on color gels photography, so adding lights could really help. May places that look boring make the image look nicer because of lights. Some of the tips to using speed lights to make a place look nicer is to add rim lights and lights coming from the background. So when the lights hit, the subject like a spotlight from the back and really makes a subject pop, and that could make a location that normally looks bad look nicer. Another thing. Like I said, it's color gels. You can change the background off a scene to any color by adding one or two speed lights with a certain color joke and then hit this background a certain light. And then it's really going to make that background pop more. I remember in this example here, being in the hallway off a hotel and the lights there look really bad. I added to color gel with blue lights and then made that scene look nicer. Or in this hotel room, I added a red color gel to the background, and it made it look very interesting. So that's that when it comes to using lights to increase your options for on location, photography and spots, make the scene look nicer. That's it. And when I we're gonna move on to the next section. 14. 14 Places to Try: and this. Actually, I'm gonna be talking about places you should try out now. I'm not talking about the obvious places we already mentioned. Like downtown, your beach, the park. I'm talking about a few other places that I've tried that I know in great, great images. One of the places is the woods. Whenever you go toe right deep in the woods with all these trees and branches, you can create some really amazing images. If you just find the right angle, really play around with that in image. So really tried the woods whenever you get a chance. Another interesting place where artsy neighbourhoods, There's some neighborhoods to have a lot of murals. Ah, lot of interesting elements. Neon signs, anything that looks creative. You can use those to be included in your image to get some really nice images. Um, now, from there, another place that I found that was very interesting. Wasa hotel hotels tend to be okay with you taking pictures there in the room. You definitely can many hotels, rooms. You can get some great images in the hallways. You can get some great images and if they have a pool when it's empty you can get some amazing images. So I've tried all of those and has led to some really cool images. I'm not saying get a hotel room just for that. Some people do that. But if you ever get a chance to be in a hotel, I know this might be an opportunity for you to take some great images there. So that's it when it comes to places to try out, and now we're gonna move on to the next section. 15. 15 Places to Avoid: and this actually wouldn't be talking about places to avoid. Now, I'm not saying you can't take good pictures in these places, but for one reason or another, if you can avoid these places and then try somewhere else. I've tried all of these places before and I wasn't able to get either enough good spots or any good spots at all or have had some sort of problem. So I'm gonna talk about all these different places and why you should avoid them and then hopefully will help you guys out with picking locations for your next photo shoot. So the first place to avoid is any open place. If you find a place is wide open, chances are you have nowhere to sit, nowhere to lean on, and the backgrounds gonna be very plain and simple. That's gonna lead to maybe one spot to shoot it because of wide open space. And even though it looks nice in person for photography, it doesn't look the next place to avoid is any commercial places any stores, malls, any museum, anything commercial indoor you want avoid because chances are you're not allowed to photograph there. I've tried to shoot a mall, try to shoot at the store and I get stopped. And then everything I try to do, it's gone and it's not working. And that worked it to be stopped from shooting somewhere, so just avoided. The next place to avoid is anywhere filled with people. If there is, a lot of people try to avoid those places because chances are they're gonna end up in the background or they're gonna limit the anguish you could shoot and because they're blocking you one way or another. So there's way too many people at a place. I just try to avoid it. So sometimes I don't shoot downtown in certain places because there's too many people where there's an about going on anything going on. I just don't shoot their with there so many people. The next place I can think of is rooftops. For some reason, a lot of people think rooftops will be a great place to shoot at. But chances are that your background at the edge of a rooftop is just a sky, and you can get that almost anywhere you go. So all the work, we're going to the rooftop and it being an open spot to limits all the spots. You can shoot it for. One great image at the corner with a building in the background is now worked all the work it takes to get to a rooftop. So my recommendation is don't go to rooftops for photo shoots. Your very limited for video purposes. Maybe before photography's not that good. Um, now, if you're focused on just one great image for, like, magazine publication for your portfolio, you have a nice dress and some nice buildings in the background. Yeah, go to the rooftop. But if you're trying to pull off a full photo shoot, a rooftop is not a great location to shoot at. And then the last place that for some reason people like trying to shoot it. And I just can't get my mind around ever shooting there or getting great images. There is alleys. I've never found an alley that had anything that interesting. Maybe there's a garage door that has a nice background, but besides that, alleys are dirty and ugly. Just don't go toe alleys to shoot images. So that's it when it comes to locations to avoid. And now we're gonna move on to the next section 16. 16 Stairs: so another thing I'm looking for and any location that shooting is where my stairs that stairs is one of the main things I love to use in my images. Because in almost every case I've found I could get a great image in stairs. They can either be standing in the stairs or sitting in the stairs, and sometimes even laying down in the stairs, regardless of how you pose your subject stairs look very interesting. So whenever you're in a new location, see if there's any stairs. No matter how bad the stairs are, you could find an angle in which you shoot the stairs in and it looks interesting. The whole background could be the stairs or the stairs could just be a platform for the subject to sit in and be an interesting angle. And then the background could be whatever you find interesting. No matter how you use their seaview, confined any stairs and add that to the list of spots you're going to shoot it in that location. There's not much to it. Look at images that you find of other people's work. See all those that includes stare, see how they're using the stairs and add that to make images of your subject and stairs look interesting whether you shouldn't a couple kids or model, however, whatever something using stairs could be incorporated one way or another. So that's it when it comes to stairs and now we're gonna move out to the next section. 17. 17 Distracting Elements: and this section wouldn't be talking about distracting elements. So a lot of times, when you shooting on location, you're gonna find things that are distracting in the image. It could be in the background. It could be right next to the subject. Whatever it ISS, you always gonna make the choice of whether you're gonna keep it, try to avoid it, why you're taking the image or you're gonna edit it out in photo shop. Make sure that the thing is not too big and it's easy to add it out of me choosing to take that route. Uh, we're gonna avoid it. You know, really, look at your images and see there's anything distracting in the image to try to avoid it. And then also, if you're going to keep it, make sure that it's not too distracting. You can live with it so that if you keep it, it's just gonna be there. Find a way to incorporated in your image in the mood of the image if you're gonna keep it Now, the succubus Certain things that are considered distracting elements in an image. The two main once I believe our cars and people, people in the background, and cars to me are very distracted. I don't like cars. I don't like people in my images. I try to avoid them as much as possible, especially people than cars. But if I can also cars, if I blur them, that's fine. And if it's a person is noticeable, even blur, I added them out in force. I know you'll never, ever find a single image in my portfolio off a model, a kid, a couple Oh, our kids, ceneta or bright, in which there's people in the background. I just don't like people in the background. That's my opinion. If you're OK with it, that's different. But in most cases, I don't think they look good in images, so either financed about whether or not in the background asked nicely for them to move. One way to get people to move is to stand ready to take a picture of what your subject and just stare at the people and they'll get the clue and then move. What are you having to say? Anything it doesn't. But with my experience, if I stand there long enough, they'll eventually move. Sometimes you have to ask nicely. A can I take this picture and move? But because I take a long time, I don't ask, you know, move because it's almost like creating the idea that it's just gonna be for a second, but it's usually not for a second with me, but that's just another topic. Regardless, try to avoid people in the background if you can, or make sure that they're so small in the image that you can erase them if they're not, then think the image again from a different angle or when the person passed by. The next thing is the striking colors. If let's say there's all these cars in the background, what is a one color car that stands out from all the other ones? And if you don't know it is the red car you look at colors and cars. Almost all the colors are neutral colors except for red. Now, I'm not talking about the one unique orange car that you never see or the yellow one, because you almost never see them. But in most cases, you'll find a red car that really stands out. Now let's say you're blurring those cars that red is really going to stand out, even blurred. What I've actually done is I've de saturated the area where the red car is, uh, if blurt. But I d saturated because it looks very, very distracting. I avoid the red car at all cost. If it's in the background, that's just something I've noticed about cars. Certain colors could be very distracting in the background if everything is a certain color . But one thing is one color that's distracting, avoided or changing in post production. So one thing that is distracting that most photographers don't know, And I didn't know free a long time, and somebody had to teach me. I hate this part of your image is distracting, and that is bright spots. Usually, you're subject should be the brightest thing in the image. If there's something in the background is very bright and your subjects very bright and the rest of the images not as bright. That that thing that's very bright is distracting, and sometimes you can't avoid it. You can make that thing darker, so my recommendation is either using speed lights to make your subject brighter and then change your settings so that thing is darker or highlight that area in photo shop or in light room. Whatever photo editing software he used and darken just that area, make sure that your subject stands out in brightness, and the other things that are bright in your images aren't distracting to the I how that distraction is very small, but believe it or not, people eyes get drawn to bright spots in images and certain colors. So when something's bright in the image outside of your subject and what you want them to look at, they're gonna look at that. So to really take your photography to the next level, avoid things in your image that are bright now, your whole backgrounds bright and it's all equally bright. That's fine. But if only something is bright, that is not fine. So hopefully that helps you guys. When it comes to distracting elements, just look at your image and say, Hey, is this distracting? Is that piece of garbage in the ground? Um distracting? I know you can edit it out, but it could be a simple ass getting rid of it. I've got rid of bottles and bags, even leaves in the ground when the cement is all clear and there's one leaf in the ground. I think it's distracting. I want to get rid of it. Even something as little as I remember just lately I the floor. They were standing on cement, The cement was showing and a little spot was wet. To me, that was distracting. I added that part out in photo shop, so it matches the rest of the ground. Um, you can go into extremes and make sure that nothing looks out of place. But just find a nice balance for yourself that doesn't drive you crazy. In making that, there's nothing distracting to the eye. It looks all clean and nice when you can, unless you're not going for that and then oh cares if it's a mess. But just make sure that your subject stands out above everything else, so that's it when it comes to distracting elements. And now we're gonna move on to the next section 18. 18 Number of Spots: in this section. I'm gonna be talking about the number of spots. You want to shoot it whenever you shooting on location at a new location. So that's something that people don't think about. A lot of times they're just shooting to shoot, and they're not really planning for the shoot. I really do my best to plaid ish shoot by making a mental list of all the spots I want to shoot it and make sure I have the X amount of number off spots that I want to get X number of images. My recommendation is whenever you goto a location, try to find 10 spots. If you go to a location, you can only find two or three good spots. This is a bad location to shoot at. If you find a place and you can find 5 to 10 spots to shoot it, then this is probably a good location to shoot at. It's also when you're looking for these spots to shoot him within a location, trying to make sure that they mix in different types of poses. So you have standing poses. You have leaning posters, sitting poses, and if you want optional some lane down poses. So whenever Goto location I go, I consider there there I could have him lean on this. This in this. That can happen. Stand there, there and there. And by having that in mind, I'm just following and going one place to the other and just changing my poses within those places and then changing outfits along the way as well. So that is, hopefully some good advice that could help you when you're on location, trying to write to the location before your subjects can and really look around and be like , OK, here's my 10th spots. I'm going to shoot at. Here's my five spots from my seven spots. I have a mental list is going to be like my favorite spot is usually the railroad tracks, the Aceval sitting down the bridge, leaning up against the railing, sitting down in the ground with the pond behind them, Um, in this one pathway, standing in the center of it in this fully age, with the green background in the staircase leading up to the gazebo sitting down. So that's usually like how my list looks like Oh, in a bench seat, sitting down with a nice background of trees or the pond. So I have a little bit of everything. That's my list. And I know I just gotta go one spot to the other. Once I hit all the spots my photo shoots usually done. So that's my advice. What on location photography really make a mental lists. If you have to write it down on your phone or a piece of paper, just name them and go through the list so that you hit all the good spots that you've already planned based on weather as a nice background, whether you can lean whether you could create a last keep image out of whatever it is a reason that you chose that spot. You're making a plan for all the spots you're gonna hit within that location. So that's that when it comes to figuring out all the spots to shoot it in a location and now we're gonna move on to the next section 19. 19 Your Favorite Spot: in this section, I'm gonna be talking about using your favorite spot. If you are a full time photographer and you make a living off of this and you're using Portrait's for your photography, my recommendation is fine. Tune it three spots that you know you can take amazing images that in use those all the time. If you're shooting for free or the persons requesting a different location, then try new spots. But if you getting paid for this shoot, my recommendation is shooting the places the you're familiar with it because on location photography is very hard and chances are you're gonna be experimenting a bit and you're gonna get some bad images next to some good images. And to get the best from your work is really good to go and find the religious spots and stick to them within your city. I found this one part that I always shoot at that has a pond with a fountain shooting over it. It has some good tables that can shoot with them. It has a nice little bridge and has a railroad track. It has everything I need in a park to create some amazing images. I also have my favorite beach from all the beaches available because it has the least amount of people. So, like things like that, you really need to look for and once you find them, really tried to grow the amount of spot she shooted within that place, and B that make that you're made spot to shoot at. I've shot like so many clients in that same park that I was talking about, and even this family that keeps getting older and and hiring me over and over again. I keep sending them there. They asked me Where can we shoot like, Let's go to that part like Is there anywhere else we could go somewhere else, but chances are that it's not gonna look as good as it is one location. So we keep going back to that location Now. Some of you guys might not like to hear that, because you want to perform to be diverse, and you want to be a more experience from different locations. But you can still do that without risking the satisfaction off paid client. This is advice for paid clients. If you have to deliver something, make sure you can deliver your best. And the best way to deliver your best is to go to your best spot. So look for your best pot and stick to it as much as you can. That's it when it comes to using your best spot. And now we're gonna move on to the next section.