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6 Important Tips and Techniques for Portrait Photography

Jan 30


What exactly is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is a type of photography that depicts people as subjects. The art of portrait photography has existed since the dawn of photography when Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839. It was also the year that Robert Cornelius aimed the camera at himself and took what is believed to be the very first self-portrait image (or "selfie" in contemporary terminology) ever, laying the foundation for Las Vegas photography to emerge as an art form of its own.


Here are some tips for photographers that will enhance your photos and make your portraits great.


Diffuse your light source

It is recommended to consider that portraits should be shot in soft, diffused lighting coming from an indirect source. Contrary to popular belief, direct sunlight or full sun can create unwanted shadows and unnatural colors. Utilize a diffuser such as a softbox or a white sheet to help to soften light and create a more flattering effect.


Use a longer lens

A 50mm lens can be considered a mid-range telephoto lens, and is a common length that portrait photographers in Las Vegas prefer to utilize. The length of this lens can result in an ordinary, but not extraordinary scene. Utilize a larger lens like the 85mm-200mm range, to create greater image compression without distorting the pixels. A longer focal length can aid in bringing your background closer to create a lively image.


Try a different position

By breaking the rule of thirds, you will give your photos a different perspective. Photograph at angles that aren't as good-composed, or at your subject's eye in the same level. It is possible to shoot photos from different angles and different distances around the model. Shoot from an aerial viewpoint or from the side, change up your pose, or try a candid shot to find the most flattering angle to your photo.


Create your own lighting

The camera's flash is an essential feature that lets light shine into your photos, but it doesn't always provide the brightness you require. Flashes can cause a subject's face to appear disproportionate and drab particularly when used in close-up headshots. Off-camera flash is useful for changing the lighting conditions in order to increase contrast and control shadows of your portraits that make them look more interesting and dynamic. Puretouch Photography recommends that natural lighting is great for outdoor portrait photography, bright sunlight can sometimes become overwhelming. External strobe lighting can be used to decrease the amount of light you can get or to create the perfect shot by using your own lighting.

Adjust the Aperture

A large aperture can create a shallow depth of field, blurring the background and creating your subject as the primary focus. If you have several subjects (e.g. the family portrait), a smaller aperture is preferable to keep them focused on the subject.


Finalize editing and post-processing

You can enhance your photos through editing software. This will make them look perfect. You can trim undesirable edges, take out shadows that distract, or alter the background.


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