These days, everyone wants “natural looking” portraits. The trend in advertising, YouTube, editorial and Instagram is all about the natural look. Even the most traditionally corporate want this feel. But that doesn’t mean it’s super easy to snap. If you want to achieve a natural look that is technically correct, looks amazing, has the right energy AND has the “just turned the corner and spotted you” feel, then you need to understand the right ingredients. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about composition, posing, lighting, styling and post-production for this popular look.
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Shot at 3200 ISO, with Luminance adjusted to 70 in Lightroom”
My Macgyver hack of the night from Dan Bruno
“The plain umbrellas were over powering the fairy lights in my shots even at the lowest setting on my speedlights. This seemed to have helped a bit. Now to fiddle around with my settings to get the exposure right.”
Why is it important to shoot more natural looking portraits
The trend in popular culture is natural “this just happened look”
There are several factors that influence how natural an image looks
- Bring “energy” to the shot
- Anything you can do to keep your model in the moment will have a positive impact on your portraits
- manual vs auto
- Lens choice
- Wide = space or expansion or isolation
- Long = intimate
Post production: what you need to know
In this image(above) I’ve positioned the fill light in the same position as the window