Taking outfit photos can be hard work just by themselves, but finding a good location? That's tough, especially if you feel like you live in the middle of nowhere, especially if you are looking to find a VARIETY of places to snap the perfect outfit shot.
Even if you do actually live in the middle of nowhere, or if you live in the middle of everything (crowded cities have their own challenges) there are many, many places where you can find a beautiful backdrop to your photos. Just hop on your bike, get in your car, pack your bag and take a walk to explore the hidden treasures located right near you.
1. Colored Walls
No matter where in the world you live, you can find an interesting colored wall somewhere nearby.
2. Garage Doors
For that industrial look, finding a garage door can really bring out an outfit photo, especially if it happens to match the outfit.
3. Secret Gardens
For city dwellers, access to a secret garden can be a bit of a luxury, but many hotels, city parks, or friends and family might have a garden you can use. Just be sure your outfits don't get lost in the photos, with so many things going on, it can easily happen.
Particularly if your outfit is minimal, finding some good graffiti around will give your posts a visual boost. Murals also work, but I find that vandalism is generic enough not to take away from the focal point.
For most of my life I've lived on a coast, but the few times I did live inland, there were lakes and rivers and the like. Marinas are visually striking, as are docks and anything water related for that matter.
To be honest, I don't know why all rooftops aren't transformed into gardens and patios, because everyone LOVES going up on a roof (if it's a flat roof). If you live in an apartment building or have access to an office building rooftop, this can be a prime location for a photo shoot as they are often quiet and don't have a lot of people nosing around.
Now not everywhere has a sidewalk, and not everywhere do residential streets look interesting, but the sidewalk is a place you can take photos. It depends on how you take the photos. Notice the diagonal line and vanishing point? That's because the photo is taken at a lower angle. Be sure the horizon line (where the ground meets the sky) is no higher than your waist. Otherwise you just get a boring photo on the sidewalk.
Staircases are great because even if you're sitting, you get a sense that this is just a fleeting moment. You can sit, stand, walk up, walk down, get a lot of different angles with a staircase. Plus the horizontal lines of the stairs adds a clean texture to the photo.
9. The Street
Since the advent of “street style” the streets have been a common place to take a photo. They're great because often times you get enough clear space to get good depth of field. My only pet peeve about photos taken in the street is when the horizon line rises above the waist, because then it becomes a photo that's like “Hey, check out this asphalt.” You want to get the asphalt minimized as much as possible, and to do this, just have your camera at a low angle shooting upward (it also gives you longer legs too).
10. Water Fountains
Water fountains are always fun, don't you just want to jump in? Sit down? Make a wish. Luckily, many cities, towns and parks have a water fountain, and if your area isn't in too much of a drought, they're running during the warm months.
Have you taken your photo in all of these locations already? What about these?
- Parking Lots
- Construction Sites
- Amusement Parks / Carnivals
- Bus Stations
- Nature Parks
- Farms & Ranches
- Open Fields
- Art Museums
You see where I'm going with this… basically anywhere! Now get out and snap some pics!
Have a great weekend!