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6 Essential Portrait Photography Techniques and Tips

Jan 30

 

What exactly is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is the style of photography that portrays human subjects. Portrait photography was created by Louis Daguerre in 1839. This year, Robert Cornelius took the widely-respected first self-portrait (or "selfie") ever taken. It laid the groundwork for the Las Vegas photography style.

 

Here are some tips for photographers that can enhance your photos and create stunning portraits.

Diffuse your light source

When selecting an environment think about soft diffused natural light coming from an indirect source is best to shoot portraits. Bright, direct light or a full sun may cast unwanted dark shadows or produce unnatural skin tones. Utilize a diffuser such as an oblique box or a white sheet to smooth the light and give an attractive look.

 

Use a longer lens

A 50mm lens is a mid-range telephoto lens. It's the typical length that many photographers in Las Vegas prefer to use. But, it creates the appearance of a typical and routine scene. Choose a lens that is longer such as one that is in the 85mm-200mm range, to achieve more efficient image compression, without distorting the pixels. A longer focal distance can help to bring your background in closer, and produce a more dynamic image.

 

Locate a new position

Breaking the rule of thirds gives your photos a fresh perspective. Photograph at angles that aren’t as properly composed or at the subject's eye or eye level. It is possible to shoot photos at different angles and distances around your model. Shoot from an aerial viewpoint or from a side angle, change up your pose, or shoot candidly to figure out the most flattering angle to your model's portrait.

 

Use your own light source

Although the camera's flash is vital to bring light into your photos, it may not always be sufficient. The flash could cause a subject's face look disproportionate and washed out especially for close-up headshots. Off-camera flashes are useful for changing the lighting to increase contrast and control shadows that your portraits show, making them more visually interesting and dynamic. Puretouch Photography recommends natural lighting for outdoor portraits, but direct sunlight can often make it difficult. External strobe lighting is a great way to limit the light available or to get the perfect shot-creating your own lighting.

 

Adjust the Aperture

A large aperture can create a shallow depth of field blurring the background, giving your subject the ultimate focal point. But, if you're shooting more than one subject (like an image of a family) A smaller aperture will ensure that everyone is in focus.

 

Finalize editing and post-processing

Enhance your photographs by using editing software to give them that perfect look. Whether you need to crop an unwanted edge, reduce a distracting shadow or alter the background of your photo.

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