Almost every photographer is asked to take shots of people at some point. If you don’t specialise in portrait photography, you can still do a brilliant job. Here are five simple ways to dramatically improve your portrait photography. From lighting and composition, to posing and creating the right energy in a shoot, Gina and Valerie discus what you need to do in order to take cracking shots.
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Five simple ways to dramatically improve your portrait photography
Light is everything
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Mirrorless, DSLR, Smartphone, film or pinhole camera it’s all about the light!
-keep the brightest light at your back so it lights your subject
-control contrast by shooting in open shade
-fill flash or continuous light
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- Your model will respond to visual cues more than verbal cues
- Your energy is so important
- Do you have resting bitch face?
- Film yourself on a photoshoot
- You may be nervous/shy but this can make you look angry unhappy
- Bring energy/enthusiasm/ passion
Composition and posing
- Knowing your angles are a game changer
- Wider faces look best ¾ to camera
- Fuller faces need to lean forward to avoid double chins
- Short vs broad lighting can flatter a face
- blemish removal
- burning and dodging
- bring out details
- brighten eyes