Top Tips for a Product Photographer Scouting Locations

Nov 16, 2020 | 0 comments

A professional product photographer will spend a lot of their time out in the world, discovering new locations or managing outdoor photoshoots. This is perhaps most common when working with fashion photography and there are some great tips for how to scout locations and find the right spot to tell your story.

Check the lighting

We end up talking about lighting in almost every blog post we do and with scouting locations, it is no different. One of the first things to consider is what is the light like at the location in question. For example, in fashion photography, you may want to shoot bigger shots in the morning when the light is better and easier to work with and then in the middle of the day, do close up or more controlled shots when the light is more challenging.


You also want to think about how the light interacts with the scenery and how this changes during the day. It may be that the sun coming through the trees in the morning offers the wrong kind of lighting for your products, but the afternoon is perfect. As a product photographer, this is vital to ensure you get the best quality shots.

Check your equipment

Choosing to hold a photoshoot on-location means leaving the safety of your studio and the safety net of knowing you have everything you need there. As a result, planning and checking your equipment before heading out into the field is very important and shouldn’t be rushed.


Have you thought about whether there is electricity on-location?  How will the elements affect your equipment and models? Will natural lighting require reflectors due to tall buildings and trees? So many questions to think of that it can sometimes be overwhelming, but for any product photographer, the advice is simple.


Take your time to plan, make lists and design your shoot. Think about what is needed for each image and methodically run through everything. Spending time on this is so valuable and will reduce the chances of anything being forgotten on the day.


Check your notes

When planning a fashion photography shoot, or any other type for that matter, you will likely take some shots of the location for your records and to aid in the planning. What is just as important, is to ensure to add notes to those images to help you plan and structure your photoshoot.


You should be thinking about the logistical requirements such as what you can carry to the location, is it accessible by car and whether there are any obstacles that cannot be moved, such as signs. It is also important to remember it is not just you that will likely be venturing to that location and what might be easy for you, won’t be for a team of people or models if you’re using them.


Make as many notes as possible and record thoughts, ideas and concerns and work your way through them. Planning helps make life so much easier and as a product photographer, will help you deliver exceptional photos in an efficient and effective way.

How Can I Improve My E-Commerce Photography Action Shots?

How Can I Improve My E-Commerce Photography Action Shots? For those of us who work within e-commerce photography studios or as freelance packshot photographers, the idea of action shots is not something that frequently comes up. However, there will be times when you...

What Are Easy Ways To Improve The Composition of My Shots As A Product Photographer?

A product photographer should always be searching for those improvements that make the service you provide better. It may be learning a new technique or piece of equipment, or simply making very minor improvements to how you shot a product in your packshot studio....

Can You Add Impact To A Shot As A Product Photographer By Showing Less In The Image?

Can You Add Impact To A Shot As A Product Photographer By Showing Less In The Image? As a product photographer, you are often tempted to fill a shot with wonderful, interesting items to help catch the imagination of the customer. However, this can often cause the...