The Ins and Outs of Portrait Photography
Even the most expensive photography equipment won’t provide you with the result you need if you don’t have the skills to back it up. Photography – especially portrait photography – takes years to master, particularly if you’re unaware of the elements needed to understand it.
In this blog we provide some tips and tricks to help you understand and improve your portrait photography.
Learning and Improving Portrait Photography
Proper exposure is the key to taking good portraits. Having the right exposure is relative to the amount of light you have. Use it to your advantage and target the angle before you consider a shot.
Close-ups are very important in portrait photography. Focus on the subject and blur the background by going from F/2.8 to F/5.6. If you have aperture priority mode in your DSLR, use it to control the depth of field for a sharper result.
– Shutter Speed
It’s all about making that picture come to life. It’s important that when you find the quickest shutter speed; you take your camera lens, your focal length and the stabilization of your equipment into account before deciding on the final number.
– Wide Angle Long lens
If you want to truly get involved in portrait photography, invest in some high quality tools as a start. In this case, it’s not about the cost, rather the result you gain from the equipment itself. Consider buying 70-200mm lens, though a 50mm wide-angle long lens is also a must-have for the right shot.
– Photo Composition
Zoom in so that your subject virtually fills the whole frame and focus on it. You may move your subject to the frame’s side if need be, since it gives you a wider aperture. Learn about photocomposition and try to practice this specialized trick. Proper photocomposition may stop your image from degrading in the final result.
Invest in reflectors. This nifty piece of equipment gives you a more professional result, since you can customize the amount of light needed.
Never take photographs from an eye level. Instead, go for an above or below angle to get a better shot. These angles flatter your subject and provide you with the best result. However, if you’re uncertain about the right angle, take plenty of photos from each angle and try to find the one that makes your subject look good.
Though the flash should be off at all times, consider using it if you’re taking photographs at night. The ambient light may not be enough for the right photo. Using your flash at a side will give a beautiful natural shadow, and will give your photograph a gentler, more elegant look.
Practice as much as you can, use the elements to your advantage and learn about photography online. With our help, you’ll have all you need to improve your skills in portrait photography.