How to Shoot Portraits

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Probably the most common shot you’re going to take with your camera is the portrait photo. Whether it’s a picture of your friend, your partner, your relative, or your pet, you’re bound to take heaps of portraits of living subjects. This page is dedicated to teach you all about taking that perfect portrait shot.

The first step is to set up your shot properly. First, you must take care of your composition. Focus on your subject. Use the rule of the thirds to put your subject in the right place of your photo.

Put your subject in focus, and everything else out of focus, by moving in close to the subject or use a long focal length camera.

The second step is to adjust the camera settings. Larger apertures mean a better out of focus shot. ISO 100 is great for photos when you have plenty of light. You can always change it to 400 when you are in a dark place.

You can always go for auto when you don’t know what you’re doing.

You can also opt for black and white photos or saturated photos to create a personality to your photos.

The third step is the people. Let your subject choose between a posed shot or a natural shot. Take your time in these so that the subject will be more relaxed and natural-looking.

The last step is lighting. Put a soft, forgiving light on their face, and not an unflattering one. Put a few shadows on the face so the shot is not too boring. If you’re still not happy with the results, you can always go outside. Natural lighting is the best, always. Enjoy!