5 Tips for Breaking Up a Scene on Location

Rob White
  • Commercial Photography
  • Portrait Photography

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As a photographer, you know that location can make or break a shot. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can create amazing images no matter where you are. In this Scribble post, we'll share some technical tips for creating unique looks on location (even if you're stuck in a driveway).

Utilize a Small Backdrop

Using a small backdrop is an excellent way to control the environment and create different looks quickly. A simple white or black backdrop can give you a clean, studio look, while a colorful backdrop can add a pop of color to your shots. Just be sure to choose a size that's appropriate for your location.

Experiment with Revealing the Environment

Revealing the environment can add context and interest to your shots. To do this, try shooting at a wide angle and including elements from the surrounding environment. This technique works particularly well for environmental portraits, where the subject is shown in their natural surroundings.

Balance Natural Light with Tools

Lighting can be a challenge on location, especially if you're shooting in direct sunlight. To balance natural light, use tools like scrims and flags. Scrims can help diffuse the light, while flags can block or redirect it. You can also use a reflector to bounce light onto your subject, creating a softer, more even light.

Use Indirect Natural Light

Using indirect natural light can create a warm, natural look to your shots. To do this, shoot during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. This creates a soft, diffused light that's perfect for portraits.

Location Doesn't Matter

The great thing about photography is that you can create amazing shots anywhere, even in a driveway! When shooting in a limited space, use creative angles and compositions to make the most of the location. You can also try using props or incorporating elements from the environment to add interest to your shots.


Creating unique looks on location is all about being creative and using the right tools and techniques. Utilizing a small backdrop, revealing the environment, balancing natural light with tools, and using indirect natural light are all great ways to achieve amazing results. Remember, location doesn't matter as long as you have the right tools and techniques. And that goes for both enthusiasts and pros alike!



Meet Rob White.. Mr. White Creative's commercial photographer. He's a horror movie-loving, motocross racing, mom's spaghetti-eating, punk rock listener with a knack for ever-changing facial hair. Rob is also a devoted family man and proud Navy veteran, with over 30 years of experience caring for a pet turtle named ST. With an undying commitment to delivering exceptional images, Rob is the go-to guy for all your commercial photography needs. You can find more of Rob's work at robwhiteimages.com

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