Having a perfect background is one of the most overrated factors in photography. Here are several tips for getting amazing shots when your session restricts you to shooting in a boring area.
As a wedding photographer, I often have few options available to get portraits of the bride and groom. It’s common for a bride to think that her chosen venue is beautiful, but they are often unaware of how difficult the location is for pictures. I usually have no choice but to make the best of what I have. This video from Jessica Kobeissi helps with this issue, as she shares how she creates stunning images in the most unexpected locations.
While Kobeissi had several points that were helpful, the one I found most interesting was that a dramatic pose from a subject will overshadow a dull background. After looking over her images, I found this statement to be more accurate than I thought. I also found her advice on not ruling out a location too quickly to be true. In my career, I have learned that lighting is the most critical factor, followed by posing, and of least importance is the background. Getting the first two variables right is usually enough to create a great photo.
If you want to see the rest of Kobeissi’s tips for handling boring locations, check out the video above.