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Technical Aspects in Portrait Photography Tips

In previous article I divided Portrait Photography Tips into two categories, Technical Aspect and Artistic Approach. In this article I am going to focus on Technical Aspects of Portrait Photography. We can divide the technical aspects into three parts, Camera Settings, Lens Selection, and Light. Let’s get started with the Camera Settings.

Camera Settings for Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography mainly focuses on subject’s face and body to show specific characteristics of the subject. Therefore the camera should be set to certain settings to be able to capture the important features that describe the subject the best. To match the camera settings and the subject’s personality, you need to answer some questions first:

Questions which help making camera settings

-Is it a moving subject? Is the moving the main part of the subject’s personality? (Such as a Hockey player while playing)

-Do you want to add moving blurred to show the movement, or freezing the action? (Such as a basketball player while spinning the ball)

-Does the background help to showcase the personality of the subject? (Such as a farmer standing by the farm machinery)

-Does the background create distraction?

These are just few examples and there are many more that I will teach them in Portrait Photography Workshop. Answering these questions, helps you setting your camera’s shutter speed, and aperture, to enhance the subject’s personality in the portrait.

Use Camera settings to enhance the image

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Look for soft natural light for portrait

Some real life examples:

By answering the above questions, photographer can make the decision for camera settings.

In this photo the photographer decided to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the ball and subjects action:

Fast Shutter Speed

Shutter speed

To make the background as part of the image to showcase the subject’s personality, photographer used a wider Depth of Field:

Add story to your photos

portraiture in nature

A soft background puts our subject inside the story, and the subject gets all the attention:

Make your subject stands out


Plain background is perfect for headshot:

Plain Backdrop

Plain Backdrop allows you to create variety of poses
Plain Backdrop allows you to create variety of poses

That is all for now. Stay tuned for my next article about Lens Selection for portraits as I will discuss what lenses work better for portraitures.

If you are like me and learn better by hands on and practical examples, check our Upcoming Classes in Portrait Photography. As always feel free to contact us if you have more questions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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