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5 Tips for Scouting New Photography Locations

Have you been wanting to get out of your comfort zone and try something new? Scout for new locations to freshen up your photo sessions. By mixing it up you open yourself up to new creative opportunities like lighting, perspective, background elements, or maybe even discovering a new photography focus you hadn’t tried before.

Finding a new location can be tough, so to get you started we’ve gathered a few tips to help you find your next great scene for your photo shoot. Check out a few apps, websites, and exploration ideas.

  1. Apps: We live in a time where technology has made it a lot easier for us to scout a new location.
  2. Websites: Browse through galleries and check out the location they’ve tagged in the photo for inspiration.
  3. Explore: If you have some spare time on your hands then you can take a walk, drive, or bike around areas near you to see if anything catches your eye. You never know, maybe you’ll find a great location where you least expect.
    • Take new routes/unfamiliar places
    • Photowalks
  4. Scout locations at different times of the day: A location in the morning can look completely different in the evening because of the sunlight. Try going at different times in the day to the same place.
    • Turn an old location into a new location
    • Use as multiple locations
  5. Simplicity and Uniqueness: Be aware of the location you choose. You don’t want somewhere too unrecognizable. Find a happy medium with places like railroads, old buildings, landmarks, parks with small lakes, rivers, and bridges. You also want it to work very well for a lot of your shots, not just one or two photos because it’s not connecting as well as you thought.
    • Somewhere that’s easily recognizable
    • Composition (Foreground, middleground, background, and other elements)

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Kathy is the Marketing Coordinator at Photodex. She likes to be creative with photography and programs like Photoshop. What she thought was a hobby growing up became a career. She enjoys living in Austin, but also loves to adventure to new places.