Start With Craft

Part of being a location photographer is confidently walking into a place without a clue as to what will be there.

To some of my peers, that’s a frightening prospect. To me, it’s simply business as usual.

Sometimes I get very lucky with a space that’s compelling on its own. Most of the time I’m presented with something that looks normal or plain.

There’s no roadmap or a “one size fits all” solution. I just start with the subject and see how they can fit into the place.

A digital camera with a normal lens is my primary tool. Lighting, if needed, is added a little at a time. That means even with strobes or LED lights the end result should look completely natural.

When I’m really stuck I start looking for ways to frame the subject in a way that emphasizes the best parts while hiding the superfluous.

Selective focus is the final piece of the craft puzzle. Once all of those factors are sorted, I can begin to work with my subject.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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