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Digital Portrait Photography For Dummies® by Doug Sahlin

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Chapter 8. Photographing Portraits on Location

Creating portraits on location can be a lot of fun. You can incorporate interesting elements from the location in your images. The possibilities for creating portraits on location are limited only by your imagination. You can find interesting locations in your hometown, while on vacation, or anywhere else you happen to travel. The trick is to be observant and not overlook possible locations for portrait photo shoots. In this chapter, I share some information about shooting portraits on location.

Shooting Portraits on the Beach

If you live or vacation near a beach, you've got the ingredients for creating wonderful portraits on location. Miles of bleached white sand, lush vegetation, and sun-dappled water provide wonderful backdrops for casual on-location portraits. Whether you're photographing children at play or an entire family, the beach is a wonderful place to create a keepsake photo your subject will cherish forever. (See Figure 8-1.)

Shooting Portraits on the Beach
A pristine beach provides a wonderful backdrop for a portrait.

Figure 8.1. A pristine beach provides a wonderful backdrop for a portrait.

Here are some things to consider when creating portraits on the beach:

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