5 Tips for Great Portrait Photography

If you are wondering how to create striking portrait images, you have come to the right place. In today’s post I would like to give my five most important tips to making great portraits.

  1. Bring out the Bokeh – While getting a bokeh just right takes some practice, it can really bring attention towards the part of the portrait that you would like to emphasize.  Also, point and shoot cameras are incapable of shooting at low f-stops, so using a dslr to take a picture with a very out of focus background adds not only drama, but a sense of professionalism to the photo.

    What to my wondering eyes should appear ...

  2. Capture it in the Camera- We’ve all broken this rule.  You take a picture with what you think is a minor flaw and you think to yourself, “it’s ok, I can fix that in photoshop”.  This is really bad practice that we all need to break immediately. It can lead to putting little effort into the shoot itself, and expecting to produce a quality photo from something that simply is not.  While being proficient in photoshop can be a great asset to photographers, it is important to remember that we are photographers first, and that is the skill which we should primarily seek to improve.

    The cutest boy in the world

  3. I say it’s all about the Eyes- The eyes are the most important part of almost any portrait. Think about it, no other body part expresses as much emotion as the eyes, and it’s no surprise that when shooting a portrait you should focus on them.  Often, the eyes tell the story of the portrait, and can even lead the viewer into looking a certain direction.

    siberian

  4. Capture Candidly-  Having someone pose for your picture gives you a chance to set up and gather the corect settings in attempt to capture something “perfectly”, however, we need remember that photography is an art and not a science.  More often that not, a candid image expresses more emotion, and expresses a more real experience to the viewer.

    Snowfall - No. 12

  5. Shoot Early, Shoot Often – Back in the film days, photographers had to pay for each roll of film that they used.  Think about the advantage that we have today with manufacturers being able to cram more and more space into smaller and smaller devices. Take advantage of this!  If you find yourself questioning whether or not a scene might look interesting from a different angle or with a different pose, it can’t hurt to take it. As they say in sports, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

3 thoughts on “5 Tips for Great Portrait Photography

  1. Excellent post. First and foremost should be get it right in the camera. I think it’s a great exercise for “new-school” phtographers to grab an old film camera and try to produce great images without the ability to redo it. You can learn a lot fast about lighting etc.

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