Tips to Make your Portrait Photography Pop with Greatness

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Taken with a 50mm lens and a 300watt constant light set up. Portrait by Sean P. Durham

Taking good portraits can be a challenging job — especially for a beginner photographer. Here are few tips and ideas that will definitely create an upgrade in your thinking and approach to portrait photography.

Lenses, camera and understanding how shutter speed and light affect everything will have an enormous effect on the final outcome and is imperative if you want great photos.

1. ISO Settings

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Photo by Julian Howard on Unsplash

2. Aperture for Portraits

3. Shutter Speeds and Light

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Notice how the face and hands are in focus. The outline of the body is going into blur, this is due to having a lower F-Stop setting, something like F1.8 to F2.8 will reap similar results . Photo by Kal Visuals on Unsplash

4. Compositions in Portrait Photography

Portraiture is a skill and an art, it isn’t modelling, or glamour photography — there’s no need for the person to attempt to be someone impressive for the camera, otherwise it’ll lead to failure. They won’t look like themselves.

All Smiles and Nothing Else

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A nice smile, but imagine if you took ten photos with the same face each time, it would lead to a boring set of portraits. Photo by Candice Picard on Unsplash
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A great portrait with strong composition. No smiling, it’s all about the complete figure expressing the person’s attitude and mood. Photo by Philip Martin on Unsplash

5. Post Camera Work

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Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

Enjoy, keep learning, keep making mistakes and you will always astonish yourself with how you improve.

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