5 Portrait Photography Tips and Techniques

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  • 5 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

    Greg Roselli

  • 1. FOCUS ON THE EYES

  • !- Eye contact not always desirable in

    portraits, but sharp eyes: always. !

    - Select AF point manually to lock focus on models eyes.

    !- The half-press shutter release to keep

    setting locked. !

    - Recompose picture before taking final shot.

  • 2. USE STANDARD OR TELEPHOTO LENS

  • !- Wide-angle lenses are great for

    environmental portraits !

    - These lens will, however, distort facial features making portraits look

    unflattering. !

    - Standard lens or short telephoto lens are better for portraits.

    !- The classic portrait focal lengths for a

    full-frame camera are 50mm, 85mm prime lenses and a 70-200mm zoom for

    natural-looking portraits. !

  • 3. HIGH-KEY PORTRAITS

  • !- Over-exposed photos create high-key

    effects create a delicate look that enhance feminine and children

    portraits. !

    - It works best when it is brightened in Photoshop later, instead of from the

    camera during the shot. !

    - RAW files provide maximum editing head-room, allowing exploration of more

    tonal ranges as opposed to JPEG counterparts.

    !

  • 4. SHOOTING IN BURST MODE

  • !- Set camera to fastest drive setting for all

    kinds for portraits. !

    - No need to machine gun the shutter release, but short burst allow capture of fleeting

    expressions. !

    - Increases chances of catching all eyes open in group portraits.

    !- Or at the very least, having options few

    seconds apart allows face swap in Photoshop to make all eyes open and all faces smiling.

  • 5. USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE

  • !- This feature allows direct control over the

    aperture, and thereby, over the Depth of Field (DOF).

    !- Fast prime lenses (50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.2)

    allow choosing large apertures for shallow DOF. !

    - This is how the out of focus, creamy-smooth backgrounds are created.

    !- Therefore, it is important to maintain accuracy

    in focusing on the eyes to get a sharp portrait with soft background instead of a soft portrait.

  • For More Tips Visit: !

    http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/02/07/77-photography-techniques-tips-and-tricks-for-taking-pictures-of-

    anything/

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