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  1. socal82

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    I want to shoot some portraits and I'm always finding myself going to a park. What are some of the locations you guys use?


     
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    When I shoot portraits 99% of the time I do not like any background, if so I like it distorted ( A Good Bokeh effect" It all depends of what type of portrait you want to get. I worry more about light and lighting.
     
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    Old/cool looking buildings is another option
     
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    Truck docks. Downtown alleys. Hill tops. A local junior college. The outside of a nearby new public library. The county courthouse building.

    I've got a list of 100 or so spots. Whenever I'm out and about I keep my eyes peeled and mix up what routes I take so I see new possibilities.
     
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    Kmh want to send me a list of some of yours? Lol. Like someone said it depends on what your shooting determine your background
    Any themes you guys like to stick with? Like I did a some pics of a model dresses in western clothing and we used a old barn.
     
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    here are some of the pics I took at the park Can someone take the people out of the background? I tried in elements but having a hard time doing it
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    on image 1 and 3 the light post is really distracting and so are the people. Also on image one I think there is too much space on top, but thats just my taste. Did you use a speed light or is it all natural light? As for spots...depends on who you are shooting and what types of landscape you have around you to make it work. I like shooting on railroad track (safely) sometimes the more obvious spots work best.
     
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    I was using 430 EX II as a flash. Is it to much light?
     
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    Chair?

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    Perhaps just the road?

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    Train?

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    There is no specific background for portraits, it can be a simple road, a terrace or anything, even tracks as earlier said,it does not matter what background you use as far as you know what you are doing, click'em to know.
     
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    Better use a higher speed, a reflector (or a softbox) on the girl's face, a dark background and a big aperture, and you'll manage at any park. This is a quick fix with Photoshop.


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