5 ideas for shooting portraits on location
1. Find a cool background
If you look around your location you’ll be sure to find plenty of background-worthy spots from brick walls to graffiti, grand doors and even wooden fences. Try to find a background that complements what your subject is wearing. Take a look at Instagram or Pinterest for inspiring backdrops in your shooting location.
2. Work with nature
If you’re in a less urban location then you’ll want to take advantage of nature. Blooming, colourful flowers not only provide a strong background but are great to add some depth to your image. Ask your subject to stand within the flowers if possible and get them to interact by placing their hand below the blooms.
3. Add a personal touch
When shooting portraits, you want to be able to show off your subject’s personality so consider incorporating props that hint at their hobbies. If they love music, ask them to wear a set of headphones, or if they’re usually out on a skateboard, include that in the shot. Capture your subject’s personality by getting them to express their character through their poses and how they hold the object, as well as the expression they show on their face.
4. Get creative with shadows
In the wrong place shadows can ruin an image (so make sure you’re using a reflector to soften up shadows on your subject’s face) but in the right place they can add a creative edge to your portrait. Look at where the shadows lie in relation to your subject and position your model so that a strong shadow is evident in your shot, or so that a pattern of shadows from another object or person appears on your subject.
5. Set the scene
Although you want your subject’s face to be the main point of focus within your shots, it’s always good to capture some images that show your subject in the wider location as this helps to set the scene and show off their full outfit.
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