Updated: Nov 1, 2021
When you first start out in photography you are quickly going to realise that there are lots of terms that you need to get to grips with. We have worked in the industry for a number of years, so over time we have got to know what these terms are and what they mean.
One of the most commonplace that you may hear is location photography. So, what is it and what does it entail?
What is location photography?
As the name suggests, location photography is when you take a picture at a location, rather than in a studio. This location can come in a variety of forms. It could be a natural landscape, an iconic building, the city streets or anywhere in-between. You may only be taking a picture of the location itself, or you may have someone there and use it as a backdrop. There really is a wide range of things that you can see as location photography.
How to get it right
The thing to remember about location photography is that many people think it is simply a case of seeing a great location and taking a picture of it. Of course, this is true in the most part, but in order to really get to grips with location photography and create some great images, you need to get it right.
With this in mind, we have put together some of the best hints and tips for you to try out if you want to master location photography.
Consider your location carefully
Whilst some location photography is spontaneous, you would be surprised to learn how much time, effort and research it can take to get the ideal location photo. If you want to make sure that you have the best photo, then you may need to take the time to scope out the location and make sure that it works for you.
You also need to think about your position
Once you have a location in mind, then you need to figure out where you are going to stand when the time comes to take the picture. You need to take into account the buildings and other immoveable objects that could have an impact on the image and stand accordingly. Not only this, but you can also think about your own vantage point. A higher vantage point will work great for a landscape image, however, if you are trying to capture a building then you can find that a lower point will give the entire image a sense of grandeur.
Try to use natural lighting
As you are out of the studio, you are going to need to think about the lighting that you have. Essentially, you are going to need to utilise natural lighting as much as possible. Which means that you need to consider this when planning your shot. Of course, some images look great in a bright light, but sometimes it is a good idea to think about taking a picture during a sunset or low light too.
We love getting out and about and taking location shots. After all, being in a studio all the time can give you cabin fever. If you want to take location shots and need professional help, why not get in touch with us? With our expertise we can help you to discover the beauty in the world all around you, before capturing it in a picture.