We all love portraits. The subject may be your friend, family or a stranger. However, clicking perfect portraits is indeed a challenging task. When you ask someone to pose, they get conscious and give a strangled smile. A picture speaks a thousand words. Therefore, it is important that you master the art of portrait photography. Here are some essential portrait photography tips that will help you to capture a good portrait.
Make the subject comfortable
It is important that you make the person comfortable. Engage with your subject and capture pictures when they are least expecting it.
Check the background
You need to choose a simple background and ensure that the background does not interface the subject. However, this totally depends on the photographer. Sometimes you may need to consider a perfect background.
A perfect portrait is one which is clicked in natural light. You get great natural looks, and natural colors. Shooting outdoors in sunlight can be difficult as you may not be able to control the light. It is advisable to shoot indoors, using reflectors or external flash to light up some parts of the face. Ensure that you use soft and evenly distributed light source to light up the subject. You may use highlighters sparingly in certain occasions.
Portrait photography is about trying different apertures. A wide open aperture (with a lower number) will blur the background and make the subject stand out. A smaller aperture (with a higher number) will make the whole scene come into better focus. Typically f/2.0 – 5.0 is good for Portraits.
Eyes speak a lot about us. When taking portraits, your focus should be your model’s eyes. Apart from a smiling face, you can try different expressions on face while keeping focus on eyes.
Get the right angle and pose
A perfect angle and the right pose can help you capture a beautiful portrait. You can try different poses to get some great portraits. Different expressions, positions, postures, poses and looks can add wonders to a picture. With a perfect angle and pose you can excel your skills of portrait photography.
Choose your position
It is not necessary that you always take portraits at eye level. You can position your camera high or low. However, remember that you keep your focus on the eyes of the subject.
Capture Numerous Shots
Shoot as many shots as you want. Try different positions, angles, poses, expressions from the subject. You can also try different backgrounds, indoors, outdoors and apply all creativity and ideas.
These simple and easy portrait photography tips will surely help you capture some perfect portraits.