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Education for photographers| ON LOCATION: HOW TO CHOOSE A SHOOTING SPOT {New Zealand photography mentor - tutoring}

So happy to share with you my new Tutorial - fast photography tips {also published in CLickin Moms} - education for photographers in New Zealand and online international worldwide, mentoring sessions and tutoring. This time we will talk about what to do on location, how to choose a shooting spot.

Choosing a shooting location not an easy task, especially if its a new for you place and you never been there before. Scouting location can help a lot to be prepared and stay organised, on top of things. You can scout location beforehand the session on place {just make sure you do it at the same time of the day as sun positioning can be different at morning or before the sunset} or use Google Maps, satellite view and images from this location {it can give you some ideas}.

What to put attention on when you are choosing the session location:

1. Space and variety. Check if there enough space to move - for your subject and you as well {walk, run, sit down etc.} and variety to shoot {different options as hills, forest area, water around etc.}. As more options, the variety you have then better results can be.

2. Light. Check the light positioning and work out what the best ways to use it {filtered through the tree light, backlight, direct light, side light}.

Backlight:

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring|

Direct Light:

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring|

3. Background. Watch what behind your subject. I often choose to shoot at the areas with a solid background that makes to draw attention to my subject, pop out from the background.

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring| wedding

4. Composition. Elements of design. Check all the opportunities around - textures, shapes, lines, colours, etc. and find the best options to draw attention to your subject and tell the story at the same moment.

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring| - documentary lifestyle family

5. Personal preferences. We all so different with our eye for details and love to certain things. I just love to shoot at the rocks on the beach or a waterfall; maybe others like to shoot in the garden, of a farm field, city landscapes, own house etc. Find the spot that makes you excited, inspired and makes your heart sing! It will affect the feel of your images.

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring|

Practice the ability to make any location work for you. Even ordinary locations can have an option for fantastic images if you know how to delete on-location distractions and bring attention to your subject! Don't forget to think about your story: is location surroundings part of your story, do they help to tell your story or not.

This shot made at the street cafe:

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring| street portrait

It's not so hard if you make a habit to watch locations, light and compositions and find the best possible shooting spot. Play around and work out your angles and perspectives, as well as lens choice {your photos will look entirely different if you using a wide lens as 24, 35 mm compare to tele lens 135 mm or 200 mm}. 

35 mm

Education for photographers | on location - how to choose a shooting spot {New Zealand photography mentor | tutoring|

Good luck with finding your mojo on location! 

Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to know what is your favourite locations!