We do not always have the luxury of shooting in stunning locations, which can make it difficult to take great portraits. Nonetheless, you can still take compelling portraits even in drab locations with a little bit of know-how. This excellent video will walk you through the process as a photographer shoots in such a location.
Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this great video follows him as he shoots portraits in a rather mediocre location. Though shooting with a wide-aperture lens definitely helps (as Ortiz does in this case), it is about more than just throwing the background out of focus; notice how he still works to use splashes of color and leading lines. One trick I really enjoyed was how Ortiz looked around the scene through the lens with the background out of focus to find suitable scenes for the portraits. It is a clever way to quickly evaluate a scene, particularly since you're using the same focal length you will be using for the shoot instead of your natural eyes. The better you can get with these techniques, the more versatile a photographer you will be. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Ortiz.