Learning how to choose a really good location for a fantastic portrait would prove to be a bit of a challenge, because you will need to know a lot about the subject, the lighting and everything that is technical about photography. An important aspect about portrait photography would be picking the location; your choice will indeed drive most of the other decisions regarding the shoot and all aspects which would be lighting, the props, the clothes that the people should wear and also the best poses the people in the photo must use, and many more things.


Shooting in a studio would make sure that you control the environment and also every aspect of it can be controlled. You are in control of all of it. Therefore, you can make sure that you can actually get the best kind of portraits that you want. You can indeed get a much more interesting and engaging picture with the help of your imagination and also by choosing a good and more usual portrait location.

Here are some things that can be considered as keys to get good portraits.

–    You should choose a good and meaningful place if you want a good portrait. It is indeed easy to choose location completely based on convenience, indeed. If you reside near a lake or a stream, you can certainly choose it because you know that the picture would be beautiful in the background and you would be the focus of the portrait. It may also seem easy, but it would not prove to be the best option. You should keep in mind that every subject is unique and they have their own personalities and looks. You should choose a location based on whatever makes them look good. Choose a location based on the importance it plays to you and the subject as well.

natural light.

–    It would be a brilliant idea to make use of natural lighting. Most of the professional photographers that are highly acclaimed have been known to make clever use of natural light. It has the best tint and effect, and it also makes your skin look radiant. Brightly lit locations will make sure that you in focus properly, and if the proper amount of light is let into the lens, you will certainly have the ease of getting a brilliant picture.

–    Make sure that you are taking your portraits near shelter. Rain can be an issue when you are trying to do a photo shoot, indeed.

–    Pick a quiet place. Crowded places will distract you, and you may not get the results that you desire.

–    The location should not distract you but must inspire you to take the perfect picture.

Film Locations

Shooting a film is not an easy job since there are a lot of conditions that you need to satisfy. Picking the proper location is one of the essential conditions that you need to meet at first. In the absence of a scout, you need to do all the work by yourself. So, here are the things that you need to keep in mind while picking film locations.


Permits are things that you require at first if your location happens to be a road with heavy traffic. Shooting at public places requires you to take prior permission from the government in order to avoid any kind of violation. The entire set will turn out to be secure by taking permits, as hurdles will seem to be far away.


The Required Authenticity

Filmmakers who tend to dream big, end up compromising a lot due to financial constraints. This particular aspect creates situations where they shoot scenes in their apartments when it should have been at the hospital. Such mistakes go a long way in ruining the overall impact that your movie is going to bring to the table. Hence, always let things to be authentic and real.


While looking through different location sets, it is extremely important that you use a camera. Capturing images help you visualise a lot in mind and that will visualisation will finalise the location. If you are not able to get the image of a scene at a particular place, then you need to move on and look for other places.

An Owners Permit

Shooting at personal properties also requires you to talk to the concerned authorities at first. You need to address all the concerns of the owner and make sure that they are satisfied. Certain individuals are always bothered about the way people react when inexperienced filmmakers tend to damage their property. So, you need to make sure that things are set on the right course.



Scenes need to be shot at one location and then another location altogether. So you need to make sure that such locations are in close proximity with each other. If they are not, then you need to plan out ways to get to these places in time. In the wake of traffic and other factors, you need a proper plan to make everything work.

The Aspect of Creativity

Film Making and creativity are two terms that need to blend. Creativity is an aspect that you need to implement at every single moment of your shoot. It helps you take things in the right manner and also ensures that only productive work comes out from you. Hence, sum up all these points and pick the ideal location.


Capturing the best moments in portraits can get difficult due to multiple reasons. Sometimes the lighting is not perfect, and sometimes the subject in the portrait does not feel very confident about giving the best in the picture. Although a good photographer is capable of taking the right picture even in the most difficult situations. It is not because they have proper knowledge of their camera, but because they know how to create the right moments for clicking a perfect portrait. You can also capture more realistic portraits using these tips.

Talk to your subjects before the session

before the session

Preplanning the things before the session is always the best idea. It helps in having the delay in arranging the things at the time of the shoot. You should discuss with your subject about the theme of the portrait, what they will be wearing, and what locations will you be using to taking photos. Talk about the mood and impact of the photos and ask if they are uncomfortable with anything in the plan.

Look for the light

One of the most important parts of a portrait is its details. You need proper lighting for good photos. Choose a time when it is not too bright for your subject, and not too low to be unable to capture dark shades. Right before sunset and after sunrise is a good time to capture portraits. Many professional photographers choose this golden hour to click pictures rather than having a session in broad daylight.

Find a good background

A good background can help in providing the right contrast to the picture. Make sure that the background is not too bright as it will take the focus away from the subject in the portrait. Only the subject should have bright colours. Select a background which fits correctly with the subject, and it should not overshadow the importance of the subject. You can also keep the background as a blur instead of picking a spot.

good background

Guide the subject through poses

People may feel shy to pose for pictures. It is your job to make them feel comfortable and confident in who they are. People are nervous about having their photos taken, and it can reflect in their poses. You can try explaining the poses by doing it yourself. This way, they will start to have fun with the pictures and try their best to imitate what you want to capture.

Communicate with your subject

Keep your subjects relaxed by showing them in between the session and tell them what you plan on doing. Keep them busy and informed throughout the session. You can also talk about the place you have gone to take pictures. Find common ground so that they feel like they know you and take the session as a friendly outing.

Ask them for ideas

People might have their own creative ideas bubbling in their heads. You can take those ideas and create something they are excited about. This will help you in saving your time on deciding on an idea and will also give your subject they own taste in the session. Let them also feel that they are an important part of the session and their ideas and opinion matter for its success.