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6 Essential Portrait Photography Techniques and Tips

Jan 30


What is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is one type of photography that depicts human subjects. The art of portrait photography has existed since the dawn of photography when Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839--the same year that Robert Cornelius aimed the camera towards himself and captured what is widely believed to be the very first self-portrait picture (or "selfie" in modern terms) ever taken, setting the foundation for Las Vegas photography to be recognized as an art form in its own right.


Here are some tips for photographers which can improve your photos and make your portraits great.


Diffuse your light source

When choosing an area take into consideration that soft diffused natural light coming that is indirect in its source is the best for shooting portraits. Contrary to popular belief direct sunlight and full sunlight can cause undesirable shadows and unnatural colors. Use a diffuser, such as softboxes or a white sheet to soften the light and produce a more flattering appearance.


Use a longer lens

A 50mm lens is a mid-range telephoto. It's the typical length that portrait photographers in Las Vegas like to use. This length can create an uninspiring, but extraordinary scene. Make use of a wider lens, like one in the 85mm-200mm range, to produce an image with a higher compression rate without distorting the pixels. A longer focal length could help to bring your background in closer and help create a vibrant image.


Find a different position

You can bring a fresh perspective to your photographs by breaking the rule of thirds by making shots at angles that don't seem so neatly composed or even at the eye of your subject's at eye level. Try shooting at various angles and distances from your subject. From an aerial angle or from the side and change the pose, or try a candid shot to figure out the most flattering angle for their portrait.


Bring your own lighting

The camera flash is a crucial feature that adds light to your photos, but it's not always able to provide the illumination you require. A flash can cause a subject's face appear overexposed and discolored, especially when used in close-up headshots. The off-camera flash can be used to adjust the lighting conditions and increase contrast in portraits. This can make the photos more lively and visually appealing. Puretouch Photography suggests natural lighting can be ideal for portraits taken outdoors, however direct sunlight can sometimes be too strong. Strobe lighting from outside can be used to reduce the amount of light that is available or to create the perfect shot by creating the lighting you have created yourself.


Alternate the Aperture

An aperture that is large will create a shallow depth-of-field, blurring the background and making your subject the primary focus. If there are multiple subjects (e.g. an image of a family) it is recommended to use a smaller aperture is preferred to keep them to be in the same focus.

Finalize editing and post-processing

Retouching and enhancing your photos by using software for editing can give your scene the final appearance it requires. Whether you need to crop an unattractive edge, brighten an unattractive shadow or alter the background of your shot.

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Henderson Cir, North Las Vegas, NV 89030, United States