If you want to master the art of portrait photography, then do know it takes a lot of time and practice to get the perfect shot. Oh, and also a good camera, the right setting, and some extra photography equipment wouldn’t hurt as well. In order to get the most out of your photography skills, read on to learn how.
Get the Best Shot When Doing Portrait Photography
Step 1 – For portrait photography, it is mostly about people, and when a person comes into mind, one of the more obvious places that pops in first is the face. Mastering the headshot might be one of your primary goals when doing portraiture. When comparing it to other forms of photography, the headshot might look a bit commonplace. However, when you get it right, then it will ultimately play an important arsenal in a photographer’s skill set. If you’re doing headshots (with a camera) outdoors, then you should play around with depth of field. You can try out blurring out the background while maintaining the subject’s face as sharp as possible with a fast lens. But if you’re shooting indoors, then make sure that your subject’s face has adequate lighting (unless you’re going for a more dramatic effect).
Step 2 – Speaking of lighting, if you’re doing outdoor portrait photography, then you’re primarily making use of natural light. Natural light, or the light that comes from the sun or within light fixtures within the immediate area, is more difficult to control as compared to having your very own flash gun. Hence, in order to fill in those shadows better, you might want to invest in a good reflector. Doing so will even give your subject’s eyes good catchlights.
Step 3 – But when you’re using an off-camera flash, and you’re still doing outdoor portrait photography of people, then do take note you have to do a bit of setting up first. However, do take note that shooting under natural light and making use of that is very different when you’re using an external flash. To make sure that you’ve got the correct exposure, measure the exposure for the ambient light first. Also, it should be noted that when you’re working with an external flash on a sunny day, you might have to make use of the full power of the flash’s light, which is at 1/1 power. Giving the flash a diffuser, such as a soft box or an umbrella, will help in evening out the shadows.
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