Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video Scouting locations, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Now, I have a good friend of mine that works in Hollywood and when he walks onto a set and if he looks and says, "Hey, you know what? (tongue clicks) "I don't like the way the light is coming in "from this direction. Do me a favor. "Build a wall here and make a window out of it. "And while you're at it, remove that wall back there so we have more room of shooting." Now, wouldn't that be really nice? If we could do that when we walk into a corporate building? We walk in, we look around, trying to scout out the best location for a corporate portrait. We don't have that luxury to say, hey remove this wall, or do this, or do that.
We have to work with what's in front of us. So, when we're out there scouting the location, the best thing to do is to walk in, just with a fresh set of eyes. And you walk right through the doors and just look around, and don't stop, just keep looking, and just get the feel of how everything looks. And sometimes, you may just have to turn around, and look in the opposite direction, to see if that's a perfect location for a shoot. Now in the past, I used to walk around and do the traditional fingers up like this.
And try to frame the shots. And I have to admit, my son used to laugh at me. And said, "Dad, what are you doing?" So. . . (chuckle) I use this little device from Hoodman. It's called the Hoodman Loupe. What it's really meant for, is when you're out in the field, on a bright, bright sunny day, you put it over your screen, and you're able to see your images, without the sun shining through. But since I have it wrapped around my neck, and I'm scouting a location, I like to use this just like I would with my fingers, like so.
This just looks a little bit more professional, and people look and say, "Wow! "That guy's a photographer!" Now, if I don't have my Hoodman Loupe with me, then I'll walk around with my camera and I'll do the same thing. I'll just walk around, and just look through the camera to see how the framing looks. And sometimes, I'll set the camera, believe it or not, in auto mode, so the camera figures out all the settings that I need to take this shot. During your location scouting, you usually aren't going to have the corporate person in front of you, or with you.
So you may have one of their assistants. Don't be afraid to ask them. Say, "What's your favorite part of this building? "What do you like when you first walk into this building? "What makes you feel, wow, this is the place I work at." That person's advice may help you find the perfect location.
- Choosing a backdrop
- Scouting locations
- Lighting for corporate headshots and environmental portraits
- Establishing rapport with clients
- Creating a sense of power through posing
- Editing portraits with Lightroom
- Cataloging and organizing images