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Things To Keep In Mind While Scouting For Locations For The Perfect Shoot

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Photoshoots may sound like a piece of cake where you hire someone to model for you, or simply take breathtaking photographs of the landscapes around you, but it accounts for a lot more work than that. A number of things can unexpectedly go wrong on the day of your photoshoot and hence it is important for you to weigh numerous factors against one another before finalising on the perfect location.

Around 70% of shoots take place in outdoor locations. These locations are mostly suitable because of the natural lighting available. They are great for bridal shoots, creating photomontages, travel journalism, wildlife photoshoots and individual portfolios. Since you require the best location available to conduct a shoot, keeping in mind nothing goes wrong and you can utilise most of the area available to you in the quickest time possible, you should always keep extra time in hand to scout for locations. Location scouting depends on the following factors:

  1. Lighting:
    Lighting plays a key factor while hunting for locations. Natural light is primarily chosen for shoots since you can get away with a lot, and complete your shoots without extending your time or budget. Besides natural light, you also need to consider practical lighting which is lighting that is imposed or introduced in a space to emphasize or highlight interesting details of your subject. “It is the essential element in all photography. Light comes in many forms, so don’t limit yourself to sunrise and sunset, but learn to appreciate soft light or touches of light in a scene. It doesn’t have to be natural light at all,” says Nikolas M, Director at the Cosmos Yachting told CEOWORLD magazine. Cosmos Yachting offers a wide range of sailing yachts, catamarans and motor yachts in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world such as; Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Spain, Italy, France, the Caribbean, Seychelles, Thailand, Australia, French Polynesia, and many more.

    Practical lighting can be produced via overhead lights or a desk lamp. You can check out their features and dim or brighten the lighting to suit your needs. They function well for indoor shoots, and also outdoor ones, especially if you are shooting at night. While utilising lights, ensure you have enough power supply since shoots can take longer than expected. Lights and charging units call for an uninterrupted supply of power.  It is important to know if these are available in your chosen location, or if you could bring in an external power unit for the same.

  2. Space:
    The kind of space you require in a location solely depends on the kind of shoot you wish to conduct. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor shoot, ensure that the size of the space is adequate enough for you to not restrict any movement. Since photoshoots do not generally require movement, a smaller space would work too unlike video shoots.

    Ensure that the location chosen by you has enough space for equipments and crew, and also provides ease of access for vehicles bringing in equipments and other things.

  3. Sound:
    Most photoshoots do not require any on spot audio recordings, but in case you have a need, make sure that you scout for a location that is devoid of nearby noises. If your location is near a construction site, or an airport to say the least, you cannot conduct an audio recording and would have to scout for more options.

    External noise from vehicles, market places or busy highways should be kept to the minimum in these cases. It is always preferable to choose a location on the outskirts of the city where umpteen open spaces are available.

  4. Never choose a location based on pictures:
    While scouting for locations, you need to visit them yourself in order to decide whether it goes in line with your vision. Do not trust anyone else’s pictures. Go to a location and take your own, and then reference it with your team as you compare and contrast these destinations based on setups, coverage and overall compositions. While doing so, also make sure that the location you choose does not have any legal restrictions as such.

    Some places are banned by the government for safety purposes of the owners. Unless you have an official permit, you cannot conduct a photoshoot in that area. Any kind of legal restriction should be looked well into before going ahead with the shoot.

  5. Amenities and other departmental allocations:
    It is essential for your department to accommodate those who are not directly working on set, especially in smaller locations where it is not physically possible to do so. Your department/company needs to ensure this is taken care of before finalising a shoot location.

    In addition to this, basic hygiene necessities should be looked out for while selecting a location. You never know how long a shoot will take hence always choose a place which has toilets or is near one. The location should also be hygienically clean in order to ensure that you or your fellow photographers do not fall ill during or after the photoshoot.

Deciding on a budget and finding locations according to that is also necessary. Afterall, you want to minimise budget cuts by all means and have a photoshoot that does justice to your expertise, as well as makes your subject stand out.


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Eva R Sachdeva
Travel and lifestyle reporter at the CEOWORLD magazine.