Ep 213: Five simple ways to dramatically improve your portrait photography

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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Show Notes

Five simple ways to dramatically improve your portrait photography

Light is everything

Above: Harsh and high contrast daylight from above (shot on Fuji x100F)
Above: Adding simple fill flash on camera creates a dramatic looking portrait (shot on Fuji x100F)
Above: Soft daylight
Above: Beauty dish + reflector

To view full tutorial go to:
https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/how-to-create-amazing-corporate-portraits-in-average-locations/

Mirrorless, DSLR, Smartphone, film or pinhole camera it’s all about the light!

Basic beginner
-keep the brightest light at your back so it lights your subject
-control contrast by shooting in open shade
-garage lighting

Next level
-diffused light
-bounce boards

Another level
-artificial light
-fill flash or continuous light

To view full tutorial:

https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/an-introduction-to-photographing-portraits-using-window-light/

Energy

  • 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

White Balance

Above: Image showing before and after white balance using a color checker

Post-Production

  • blemish removal
  • burning and dodging
  • bring out details
  • brighten eyes
  • cropping
Above: Raw file photographed using daylight
Above: Edited and color balanced file

 

More tutorials:

https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/one-light-and-a-leaf-blower-making-the-most-of-small-spaces/

https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/photoshop-contour-and-highlight-tutorial/

https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/skin-retouching-intermediate-level/

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