How to Find Good Portrait Photography Locations

Shooting portraits outside of the studio requires a keen eye for finding good locations. If that is something you struggle with a bit, this excellent video tutorial will teach you how to find locations that make for stronger portraits.

Coming to you from Mango Street, this great video tutorial discusses how to find locations for portrait photography. Certainly, the super-narrow depth of field look is highly popular, but that can become a bit monotonous after a while, and it is worth taking time to start integrating the scenes surrounding your subjects into your images more, as these can be used to tell a story, create more interesting compositions, and make more compelling and nuanced images. As you will see in the video, finding a good location is a lot like how we think about photos: you will want to consider issues of color, light, texture, and more and how they complement your subject. It is also important to remember that only a small physical area makes up the frame of any given photo, so don't overlook a location because it seems generally unfavorable; there are often great spots hiding everywhere. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Mike Shwarts's picture

Sponsored by PPA? When they mentioned orchards and fields, instead of saying as always lighting is key, maybe they should have mentioned permission to access private property is key.