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A Guide to Finding Great Photoshoot Locations by Evangeline Bueti
We all know the importance of great photos and an amazing location can make a good photo great! We are constantly on the lookout for photoshoot locations whether it be a professional shoot or self taken. Here are some tips that we have learned along the way.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the ideal spot does not have to be fancy or elaborate. Remember that the dancer and dancewear is what needs to shine. A location or background should accentuate the dancer, not be distracting. We are always on the lookout for clean backgrounds, textures, colors, lighting, shapes, or good framing. These qualities can be found almost anywhere if you keep your eyes open. Also consider accessibility and crowds.
Visiting spots in your local area that you don’t often visit is almost a surefire way to find an ideal photography location. We love to visit parks, trails, historic sites, public gardens,college campuses and walkways. Take pics of cool spots you find while exploring, maybe even take a test shot with your subject. It could be a staircase, colorful wall, bridge, bench or even a bike rack. Be creative! You can then create an album in your camera roll of all the potential locations you have found. This will set you up with a catalogue of great locations to use in the future.
You can also start exploring on foot. Go for a walk in your own neighborhood. Turn down a street that you don’t normally take. You may find the perfect spot that you have never seen before bursting with character. You will see even streets you travel everyday with a new perspective while on foot. We have found beautiful mossy stone walls or even a cool fence that makes the perfect backdrop.
Instagram is also a great tool to find awesome locations. Many people will have already done the work for you. You can search Places and an account’s Tagged photos to see some of the best photo taking spots at a location even before you go.
Visit all your favorite locations at different times of the year and day. They will change dramatically with the seasons and the light will be best at certain times.
Follow these steps and the next time you get a new leo or Custom Sugar set a fantastic location to take beautiful photos will be at your fingertips.