The street as your studio

Atlas Mountains, Morocco : Canon 40D : EF200mm f2.8L : 1/250 : f4.0

Shooting groups on the street can be challenging and even when the shots are candid, can be highly unpredictable. You may not be in control of the background and a clear focal point for the shot can sometimes be difficult to achieve.

Walls, especially of the coloured variety, can make great backdrops for such occasions. They can visually pull out the subjects in the image, allowing you some scope to change perspective and remove the clutter and distractions from the composition. They can also be used to create interesting shadows to enhance the dramatic appearance of the shot.

This shot was taken in a small village in the Atlas mountains a few hours outside of Marrakech. There were buildings and clutter everywhere, Suddenly this bright orange wall came into view, with a group of students hanging out in front of it waiting for the bus while happily interacting with friends. It was the perfect outdoor studio backdrop. The dominance of the orange wall helps make the shot, picking out each individual meanwhile creating a sense of cohesion in the image.