How to Overcome a Bad Location and Shoot Great Portraits

On this video photographer Mark Wallace from AdoramaTV shares 4 quick tips for shooting a great portrait on those times when your location simply isn’t the best (and lets face it – this happened to all of us at some point).

The four main points that Wallace demonstrates are quite straightforward –  if its a cloudy day – that is exactly the time to go out and shoot, if the background is to distracting make a tighter shot (or use a telephoto lens), use an open aperture to blur those nasty backgrounds and finally – if you have the option – use a large source of light with a softbox as a fill (although this final one is not always possible or practical – depending on where you shoot and what equipment you have and can carry with you).

You can watch many more photography tips on the LensVid technique section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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