Self-Taught Photography Project

Selfies? No, Portrait Photography.

Have you ever wondered how a professional photography makes you look better in portraits than when you take a selfie? Well, there are many tricks, tips and advance that they have up their sleeve to portray the individual in their most beautiful way. These are very difficult and impossible if you are trying to master it by taking a selfie.

This video provides some basic advice for shooting portraits with simple, standard gear. It allows you to see what camera settings he sets for each shot and the results he gets from using those settings.

Tips Include:

Keep it Simple– The more complex your background is, the more you as the photographer has to worry about. Natural light is always the best option, but if artificial lights are needed use as few as possible to capture the perfect image.

Set up the Shot before Introducing Your Subject to It– Be organized and prepared to shoot. Make sure all your equipment is ready to be used and your lighting is tested. If you are shooting in an outdoor atmosphere be prepared for the lighting to change, but make sure you are able to change with it. Practice shots before your subjects arrive to make sure that everything is perfect.

Shoot into the Light– Back lighting allows depth in a photograph. As well as, back lighting engages the viewers interest.

Shoot from Slightly Below Your Subject’s Eye Line– Shooting from slightly below ‘ line allows a more flattering image. Many people also tackle portrait photography by shooting slightly about the subject’s eye line. Both are important depending on the situation, scenario, etc…

self portrait
Slightly Below Eye Line

Photo Credit: TA.D via Compfight cc

Slightly Above Eye Line
Slightly Above Eye Line

Photo Credit: Rune T via Compfight cc

Digital Photography School provides many other articles that include important tips on how to master portrait photography. Do you have any personal tips regarding portraits? If you were a photographer, would you choose the slightly above eye line, or slightly below eye line method?

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