Look, today’s post really is to learn it by heart, or print it at least. Then I bring you a series of 11 tips and tricks that you can apply in your portrait exercises and that will help you achieve notable improvements. These are tips, as you will see, simple and easy to carry out but that make a lot of difference between a photo of a debutante photographer and another that starts to be professional …
11 tricks and tips for impressive portraits
- Even if you are doing the photo outside, and during the day, do it with flash . It is not necessary that it is an external one, the one of the camera is worth you. You will notice a tremendous difference in the results.
- Open the diaphragm well. Use the opening priority mode and reduce the f / .. value as much as you can. Thus the subject will be well focused and clear, contrasting with a very unfocused background.
- Beware of very sunny days. If the sun is giving strong do not let your subject is placed directly below him, because that usually causes small but strong shadows on the neck and face (nose shadow for example). The best thing is that our subject is placed in a place where the contrast between sun and shade is not so marked.
- For home-made portraits, try placing your subject near (very close) to some source of natural outdoor light (a window, for example). The natural light coming from the window will fill your face and your eyes with life and expression. Of course, as I was saying in the council 3, avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
- During the framing, try to leave your model on the opposite side to the direction the head is aimed at. For example, if your head is slightly turned to the right, place it to the left of the frame. It is called the law of the gaze.
- For baby pictures try to have the flash off. Some pediatricians say that the flash can cause irreparable damage to the baby’s eye. Anyway, even if that were not true, babies usually do not like the flash. Unless you want your little one to come out crying in the photo …
- If you want to get attractive portraits and with hitch, ask the subject to collaborate a little by standing in strange places, or wearing unusual clothes for the place where he is. For example: a grandmother in a nightclub; a doctor with a tennis racket; … The experiment, apart from being fun, is a good solution for those moments of lack of creativity.
- To photograph silhouettes avoid, as far as possible, automatic adjustments, especially exposure, light measurement, etc. The camera will automatically try to harmonize the contrasts by darkening the illuminated background and overexposing the subject silhouette. On the other hand surely the flash will jump by itself, trying to illuminate the silhouette. The best thing is to take the manual control to get all the contrast we are looking for.
- If you make your subject adopt very uncomfortable postures it is very likely that you take a portrait with a constipated face. To avoid this, make sure you are in a comfortable position.
- The tilt of the head is a trick that most professional portrait photographers use. The trick is to make the subject tilt his head slightly to the side. The woman can tilt her head in any direction (always with
- One tip that works very well when making group portraits is to place the heads of the subjects in different heights: have one sit on the sofa, one on the floor, one standing behind, etc.
Please practice what you have read. If you do not do it, I promise you it will be forgotten.