The Ultimate Guide to Portrait Photography

by Elidio Ismenghi

As a photographer, you are always looking for skills to develop. Learning how to professionally capture portrait photography is one of them.

Portrait photography can be used as a business idea or a way to capture your own personal and family life. Good portrait photographers are sought after and well respected.

What Is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is all about people. How to show them at their best is a challenge. No matter if it’s for business headshots or arranging a dozen family members for a group image.

Of course, if photography portraits were as simple as shouting ‘cheese!’, we’d all be doing it.

But it’s not; there are a ton of little intricacies to it. From choosing the right gear and location to posing the model and adjusting your composition. Even after mastering light, there is the polishing stage.

Not only is the interaction with your subject difficult. But you also have to think about the equipment.

How to Choose the Best Camera for Portrait Photography

Having the right camera is important. It will come down to what you will do with the images you capture.

You can capture good portraits using anything. From a simple smartphone to a pricey Hasselblad.

The majority of people reading this will be using a DSLR. This article takes you through the things you should be looking for in a DSLR. Especially for photography portraits.

It takes your level of experience and price sensitivity into consideration.

How to Choose the Right Camera Settings for Portraits

Setting your camera up for portraiture is a straightforward process. As long as you remember this one key idea. Emphasize the subject of the portrait above all else.

This means that you want to expose in a correct way. This is to achieve the highest level of quality and clarity.

Your settings will vary depending on many factors. Whether you are photographing in a studio, what light is available, and the aim of the shoot.

If you remember to expose your subject you can always balance your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO accordingly.

Portrait Lighting

Of all the different niches of photography, photography portraits are the most demanding. Here, it is beneficial to have as much control over lighting situations as possible.

This is because the positioning and intensity of the light is the main factor. Especially in how you call attention to your subject in a portrait scenario.

The articles in this section cover the basics of working with light. Both natural and artificial sources.

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