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Location portrait photography

Location portrait photography vs studio portrait photography

Advantages of Location based vs Studio based photography

Advantages of location based portrait photography

  • unique looks, but does demand one search out new locations or use them in different ways / angles
  • easier for client or model to relax. An empty studio with few, if any, things to interact with can be a bit intimidating
  • the light outdoor can give one a lot variation to the results, all depending on the time of day, season and weather
  • the cost. If one does not have a studio freely available, then there is the advantage of don’t have to pay to rent a studio
  • unexpected sets (can of course also be an disadvantage, if sets are not as expected)*
  • Locations can add interesting structure or provide “natural” props*

Advantages of studio based portrait photography

  • control of light is much easier in a studio and if one really know what look one wants, then studio is a very good choice as everything can be controlled
  • weather is not a factor one needs to take into consideration
  • privacy is not an issue if one works in a studio. Not everyone feel comfortable if a lot of people stare at them, so being indoors can help
  • no need to drag all equipment with you. If you have a lot of lenses and props you want to use in a shoot or not quite sure what to use, it can be a bit difficult to leave something behind
  • shorter way*

* = expanded based on feedback 🙂

I do spend quite a lot of time doing location scouting. What I normally look for is somewhere with a new, distinctive look, as secluded as possible, but not too far to walk. I do have a lot of equipment at times and the client or model also often bring with them a number of items, change of outfits, make-up, water etc.

Some examples of location portrait photography

Here is the place the example photos were taken. I’ve used this spot quite a lot last few years.
It’s not too far from where I live and it’s very close to the main road, but quite secluded in the summer time. Only negative with this place is that it is quite cold as it’s shaded by the mountains most of the day.

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Behave people!

I find that people, in general, are behaving as one should expect, but not everyone are always on their best behavior.
I’m very liberal, but I do not accept disrespectful attitude or language towards anyone I photograph. I will block, report, notify the proper authorities or even worse: tell your mom.

I can live with people going after me, but do not tolerate people that behave badly towards “my” models.

I truly admire them and hold the models I have worked with in the highest regard, and will not allow idiots to pester them then on any of the social sites I post my work or if I can help any other places.

This isn’t a huge problem, but I do believe we shouldn’t tolerate this kind of behavior.
Can’t say it better than Prof. Brian Cox

“The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”

Some things are better left unsaid, don’t be like this idiot (btw, no wonder he is listed as Single”)

Don't be this guy. BehaveIf anyone see any comments that are posted next to any of my photos please don’t hesitate to notify me, sometimes there are a lot of comments and I might miss a comment.


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Do you mind watermarks on photos or should photographers avoid them?

I have personally been a bit on and off on the question, but I’ve started to use them again. My main reason now might not be the same reason that most photographers might choose to use it; image theft. My main reason for start using watermarks again is lack of credit from some models or other photographers. Some models shoot a lot and I presume not every photographer have same demands that I do, so instead of being irritated over the lack of credits, I think I’ll restart posting and giving copies to the models I’ve worked with with watermarks.

I do realize, to my sadness…., that the world doesn’t revolve around me, so some might forget the talk we had about the use of my images and the model release which clearly states how my photos might be used. That being said, most models do play nice and a few go way above, and naturally those are the ones I tend to ask again and again for shoots 🙂

I don’t want to cover the whole photo with a large watermark, just putting one that is somewhat visible :-

If anyone got any thoughts about it, especially from non-photographers, I’d like to hear about it. Leave a comment..watermarks logo - Kenneth Gjesdal

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