How to Shoot Classic Portraits in Incredibly Tight Spaces

Portrait photographers don’t always have the luxury of working in a nice large studio with loads of room to shuffle strobes and modifiers. If you’ve ever wondered how to get classic, timeless results when shooting in cramped, often improvised spaces, check out this short video.

Photographer Glyn Dewis explains how he draws on years of experience of shooting in random places in order to create surprisingly simple setups that deliver consistent results. Shooting situations are rarely perfect once you’re outside of the studio, especially when entering other people’s homes, and being able to improvise and come away with a good shot often means keeping things simple — both in terms of gear and technique. Dewis mentions how stripping back his gear makes shooting easier, but it will also make the process a lot quicker, making your work more efficient and taking up less of your subject’s time.

If you’re interested in the backdrop that Dewis is using — the 5 x 7’ Vintage Gray by Glyn Dewis — it’s available on B&H Photo for just $69.90. You will also find the Westcott FJ400 400Ws strobe and the Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox.

Do you have a similar setup for shooting portraits on location? Let us know your setup in the comments below.


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