Location, Location, Location!
Location, it's the make it or break it for great photography, but finding a location at times can be incredible tricky. Or is it? Over the last decade (and some) I've always wondered that question, can you take great pictures anywhere, no matter where the location is?
The question is both yes and no and it always involves the photographer. There are some people who can turn the mundane into the extraordinary, and then there are some...well they do the opposite. Just look at "Uncle Bob's" last vacation album on Facebook.
Since the advent of social media, we have been incredibly lucky. Information about anything is at the click of a mouse and for many of us that is a blessing. We can hunt through Instagram, Facebook and Youtube for some of the world's most photogenic locations and find new places where we've never even thought of to take pictures of.
For me, it's a little bit of everything. For years I've kept a non-stop list of places, things and people to shoot. Whenever I saw something cool on the internet, or heard a friend drop a name of a location onto the list it went. It's how I've ended up at numerous festivals I'd never previously heard of. Every Friday I look at "CNN" and "The Atlantic" photos of the week to see what else is out there as well. Of course though, there is always word of mouth, and asking around is a great way to get some new ideas for locations to shoot at.
The best pieces of advice I could offer to you are these.
Have a running list/notebook/or some kind of document that allows you to keep track of where to shoot. If you're stuck for ideas, you can always return to that.
Be organized. Some locations are a great place to shoot at, but only for a short time. This includes festivals, concerts and religious events. Show up early and you might miss out, show up late and there might not be anyone there.
Get creative. If you’re in a location that you consider a little blase, find new angles, new views and a different perspective. As photographers we are always able to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.
Locations are the bread and butter for photographers, but it’s up to us to make the best of what is presented to us.
Next up: How I shot my way through Mexico-An incredible adventure that you too can join in on it!
Photo credits: Angela Ostafichuk.
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