We're talking about location scouting. This is an excerpt from our wedding workshop. So location scouting helps with several different things. We location scout every venue, every place, if it's an engagement place that I've been to a thousand times I'll still go a little bit early, and when we take clients to multiple locations, don't be shy asking them, say, "Hey, guys, hold on for one second. "Just relax for one second. "Let me take a look at this area real quick." Do it, take your five minutes, don't be rushed, because this scouting is gonna help you not only with the lighting, but then the planning, and also I refer to shooting because it helps you with creativity. If you're running and rushing through a shoot because you have one hour and you don't know the scene and you don't know what's there and what's available and where the light is and so forth, then you end up just going back to your roots, which is you just default to what you're comfortable with. So you end up shooting t...
hings that look the same as what you've always done. So location scouting helps us get out of that a little bit. And what I want to say is that we play to every single location, okay? So this is our approach to scouting, is that we do this: if we see the location as being a good location, this opens up opportunity for us to shoot wider, to use more depth of field, and to use less special effects, meaning that the more of our work is already done for us, like and a scene is just naturally beautiful, the more that we kind of don't need to do that much to modify it, right? We might put down a light, we might do a few different things, but we're not gonna do a ton of crazy stuff, or at least we don't need to. When we flip to the other side, the worse the location, the more that we're gonna shoot tight, we're gonna use a very shallow depth of field, we're gomma use less depth of field, we're gonna use more special effects, and we got to become magicians. I'm gonna feel really dumb by the end of this doing that over and over and over. So this is our little chart that we kind of show our people, like look if you're going to a really great spot, use it. And if you, the other thing that we sometimes get is if a client goes and they permit a really nice location, and you go to that location and shoot a bunch of tight shots, from an expectation standpoint what's gonna happen is they're gonna be unhappy, right? Why do we pay for this, why did we get this beautiful place, and you didn't show it off in the photos?
Couples want to capture their commitment to each other in high-quality, creatively shot photographs. They also expect their bliss to appear natural and evocative. Photographers who are trying to build their engagement photography portfolio need to be able to juggle both technical and creative expectations. Pye Jirsa’s Incredible Engagement Photography will teach students how to strike this balance with basic equipment.
In this course, you’ll discover how to:
Drawing on lessons taught in Pye’s other courses (Photography 101, Lighting 101, and Lighting 201), you will learn how to adapt to a variety of different lighting situations – indoor and outdoor, natural and urban. You’ll also gain a sense of the importance of storytelling and of developing a disarming interaction style for putting couples at ease during a shoot.
- Use simple on- and off-camera flash lighting
- Communicate effectively to devise creative, meaningful poses
- Develop post-processing and overall workflow
Conducting an engagement photography shoot requires a delicate mix of technical and interpersonal skills – but not an abundance of expensive, demanding equipment.