5 Portrait Photography Tips and Techniques

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<ul><li><p>5 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES</p><p>Greg Roselli</p></li><li><p>1. FOCUS ON THE EYES</p></li><li><p>!- Eye contact not always desirable in </p><p>portraits, but sharp eyes: always. !</p><p>- Select AF point manually to lock focus on models eyes. </p><p>!- The half-press shutter release to keep </p><p>setting locked. !</p><p>- Recompose picture before taking final shot. </p></li><li><p>2. USE STANDARD OR TELEPHOTO LENS</p></li><li><p>!- Wide-angle lenses are great for </p><p>environmental portraits !</p><p>- These lens will, however, distort facial features making portraits look </p><p>unflattering. !</p><p>- Standard lens or short telephoto lens are better for portraits. </p><p>!- The classic portrait focal lengths for a </p><p>full-frame camera are 50mm, 85mm prime lenses and a 70-200mm zoom for </p><p>natural-looking portraits. !</p></li><li><p>3. HIGH-KEY PORTRAITS</p></li><li><p>!- Over-exposed photos create high-key </p><p>effects create a delicate look that enhance feminine and children </p><p>portraits. !</p><p>- It works best when it is brightened in Photoshop later, instead of from the </p><p>camera during the shot. !</p><p>- RAW files provide maximum editing head-room, allowing exploration of more </p><p>tonal ranges as opposed to JPEG counterparts. </p><p>!</p></li><li><p>4. SHOOTING IN BURST MODE</p></li><li><p>!- Set camera to fastest drive setting for all </p><p>kinds for portraits. !</p><p>- No need to machine gun the shutter release, but short burst allow capture of fleeting </p><p>expressions. !</p><p>- Increases chances of catching all eyes open in group portraits. </p><p>!- Or at the very least, having options few </p><p>seconds apart allows face swap in Photoshop to make all eyes open and all faces smiling. </p></li><li><p>5. USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE</p></li><li><p>!- This feature allows direct control over the </p><p>aperture, and thereby, over the Depth of Field (DOF). </p><p>!- Fast prime lenses (50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.2) </p><p>allow choosing large apertures for shallow DOF. !</p><p>- This is how the out of focus, creamy-smooth backgrounds are created. </p><p>!- Therefore, it is important to maintain accuracy </p><p>in focusing on the eyes to get a sharp portrait with soft background instead of a soft portrait. </p></li><li><p>For More Tips Visit: !</p><p>http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/02/07/77-photography-techniques-tips-and-tricks-for-taking-pictures-of-</p><p>anything/</p></li></ul>