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6 Essential Portrait Photography Techniques and Tips

Jan 30

 

What is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is a type of photography that shows people as subjects. Portrait photography was developed by Louis Daguerre in 1839. The year was 1839 when Robert Cornelius took the widely-respected first self-portrait (or "selfie") ever taken. This laid the foundation for Las Vegas photography.

 

Below are a few photography techniques you can use to improve your photos and turn your best portraits into stunning portraits:

 

Diffuse your light source

When choosing an environment be aware that soft diffused natural light coming from an indirect source is the best to shoot portraits. Contrary to what many believe, direct sunlight or full sun can create unwanted shadows and colors that are not natural. Utilize a diffuser such as an oblique box or a white sheet to help to soften light and create a more flattering appearance.

Use a longer lens

A lens of 50mm is considered to be a mid-range telephoto lens. It's the length that portrait photographers in Las Vegas choose to utilize. However, this length creates the appearance of a typical and routine scene. To get better compression of images and less distortion, opt for a longer lens (e.g. one that's between 85mm and 200mm). A longer focal length can make your background appear closer to your subject, increasing bokeh (background blur) and making your image more dynamic.

 

Try a new position

Breaking the rule of thirds can give your photos a new perspective. Try shooting at angles that may not be as properly composed or at the subject's eye in the same level. Try shooting from different angles and distances around your model. Try shooting from an aerial or side view. Also, you can alter the pose of your model or take candid shots to determine the most optimal position for your model.

 

Bring your own lighting

The camera flash is an essential feature that brings light into your photographs, however, it's not always providing the light you need. Certain flashes, particularly when employed in a close-up headshot, can make a subject's face appear dappled and unbalanced. The off-camera flash can be employed to alter lighting conditions, and also to increase the contrast of portraits. This can make them more dynamic and visually appealing. Puretouch Photography suggests that natural light is ideal for portraits taken outdoors, however direct sunlight may cause excessive noise. The best option is to use external lighting sources to reduce the light available and use your own lighting to create the perfect shot.

 

Change the Aperture

Wide apertures will create an unnatural depth-of-field that blurs the background, making your subject the center of attention. If, however, you have multiple subjects (like the family portrait), a smaller aperture will keep everyone in focus.

 

Finish editing and post-processing

Enhance your photos with editing software to give them the perfect look. It doesn't matter if you have to trim an unwanted edge, reduce a distracting shadow or change the background of your shot.

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