How to Shoot Better Portrait Photography

portrait photographyPortrait photography is a very old style of photographing people. It revolves around capturing people in posed style. Portrait captures whole or part of the body and usually shows the face of the subject. The style that photographer uses in capturing portraits have also begun to differ, but the core is still the same.

Right now, we will tell you how you can improve your photography skills by capturing portraits. Most likely, you haven’t implemented some of this or perhaps, you didn’t maximize them. It’s time to realize your talent better!

More background

How about increasing the background’s frame in the picture? Don’t keep on having the subject in the middle but move it to show more of the wall or the beautiful backdrop she’s standing at. Remember that just because the model is not standing in the middle, it does not mean that the people will be distracted when they look at the picture.

Remaining focused on the subject is a way to do this. You also shouldn’t shoot too far from the subject. Just enough to get her torso and up.

Change your angle

Always try to capture things is a different angle. Try snapping the same picture in a tilted way. Don’t be afraid to try out things. You can delete them later if you don’t like them. Also, you can snap your subject from sideways or even the back! As long as you can capture the subject’s features, you’re doing great.

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Zoom in

Rather than focusing too much on the overall person, try to zoom into small details that you find significant about the person. On the other hand, you can also make the person carry a bag or something else to be focused on.

Put a nice bokeh on the subject while you do that. This can be hard to do if you don’t get close enough to the subject or if you place the object too close to the subject. You can also focus on the ground where your model is standing on. That crack in the wall makes the room feels vintage. That elegant vase makes the room feels classier, and so on.

You can also zoom in the facial features of the model. The eye is always a mesmerizing part of the body that is worth capturing. You can take a picture of the only window to the heart and world. Remember to time your focus carefully and do not use flash. It’s dangerous to the eyes.

Long exposure

Try to shoot a long exposure of your subject. This is especially great when done in crowded places. You can defocus people’s attention on the crowd around the subjects and allow the model to look sharp in the picture.


Another thing you can do is to edit the picture. There’s a lot of things you can do to portrait pictures. The advancement of editing tools allows portrait photography to no more look old or outdated. Try to put the picture in black and white mode, and then allow only specific colors to show up. Or enhance only one color, and bring down the contrast of other colors.

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Why You Should Do Portrait Photography

portrait photographyAside from taking a bust up shoot of you, there is more to self portrait photography that makes it cost so much and worth even so much more in the long run. Another type of portrait, which is the family portrait, produces a priceless and timeless piece of photo that the family would love to cherish and keep for a very long time.

Your Own Portrait

Professional Looking You

If you choose your photographer carefully, he will be able to bring out the best looking you in your field of expertise. Your picture does not only represent how you look; it’s what the onlookers judge your personality, your attitude and whether they like you or not on.

Professional Photographer

Away from the simple minded thinking that photographers are only paid for taking pictures, they know more than that. Photographers encourage their clients to show their best and most natural expression on the camera and have the experience of working on multiple and wide variety of people, not to mention that some undergo continuous training and updates on better gears, better methods and ways of taking pictures. These people also have the knowledge of many props and elements in photography that amateurs don’t, such as lightning, editing, background, posing and so on.

Catered to Your Needs

Depending on what you are planning to use with your portrait pictures, you will need to tell your photographer. If it is for applying as an actor, you want your picture to show your charisma best, as an example. Your photographer has the ability of knowing what kind of emotion and personality to emphasize and also how to do it.

Family Portrait


As children grow, move out and live on their own, the time spent together significantly lessens and there come a moment when you want to reminisce the old time, but you don’t have a family portrait to look back on! Family portrait is a mean for family members to relief their saudade, a feeling of missing someone, love that remains. Your family portrait also reminds you when family members spend some quality time to get together to get a family portrait done.

More than just decoration

The power of family portrait photography reminds you that you have a family waiting for you to come home somewhere, also a tool that reminds you of your most important thing in life. These pictures also remind you that you and your family are most happy when you smile together spending some quality time.

Time won’t go back

You won’t be able to go back to the time when your grandchild or youngest song is still sucking his thumbs. Time passes by and without knowing it, they are all moving out and starting their own families!

These milestones are important to record. There is nothing more precious than memories of togetherness during those moments, because time won’t stop for you to appreciate it longer. Only pictures can immortalize those moments. People pass by, but memories and pictures live on. Many people realize this after they miss someone they can never meet again, and pictures were the only things they had to look over and over again.

Professional gets the job done well

Professionally done portraits are good investments to get the best picture of your family members. These people are the expert in choosing the place, controlling the lights, making everybody look good with enough retouching and create photos that are proud to be hang in your living room.

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Photography Basics – Portrait Photography Tips

portrait photographyThe number one subjects when it comes to photographs are people as you find them everywhere. Individuals serve as fascinating subjects due to their peculiar nature and their unpredictable temperaments. You can find the standard party snaps, photos of children and vacation shots of family members etc. All these make for over billions of people photographs taken in a single year.

Liverpool photographer Angus Matheson considers portrait photography to be a bit different from general people photography. According to him “portrait photography’s intent is to capture as well as showcase the essence of a person by making the focus of the picture their character, life or personality”. In portrait photography, there are three important things that must be gotten right and they are camera setting, lighting and the relationship with the model.

Portrait photography camera settings

According to Liverpool photographer Angus Matheson, he prefers to make the person’s face the focus of the portrait photographs and if it is a wide shot, the head and shoulders can also serve as features. The classic portrait photography setting would remove any background noise or distraction that can draw away from the subject. This approach mimics the effect of gazing at a close up view of someone’s face thereby making the subject the focus of the attention.

The best way to achieve a portrait free from distraction is by making use of wide aperture. Wide apertures are known for producing field depths that are shallow and render anything far from the plane of focus as a blur. The other setting that needs to be taken care of is ISO as this should be as low as possible otherwise a high ISO will lead to digital noise which eventually leads to an ugly portrait.

Lighting for portrait photography

Portrait photography lighting can be as complicated as you make it or as simple as you like. It is better to partake in professional portrait photography within a studio as lighting can be easily controlled. Making use of the windows of the studio to position your model is the best way to get the right balance of light as the light should not be placed directly on the model. It is important to remember to attain a balance between fill lighting, hair lighting and key lighting to get the best flattering light scheme for your frame shot.

Interacting with your subject

The outcome of the portrait photography does not depend only on the lighting or camera setting but also on the rapport developed between the photographer and his subject. You can easily tell the type of relationship a photographer has with his subject by studying the picture. Unless professional models are being shot, the hardest thing to do is getting the model to be relaxed and comfortable enough to deliver poses that you are aiming for. A model that is self-conscious about the camera or uncomfortable in a particular position would not photograph well. A way to relax the model is by engaging them in conversation while you shoot as it takes their mind off the camera.

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