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Day 106 of 365: Quick Tips on How to take better portraits!

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Day 106: Quick tips to take better portraits with your DSLR. This photo above is of a great young high school senior that I took at Hyalite Reservoir in Montana.

  1. The right lens: I use an 85mm f1.8 lens, another good lens is a 50mm f1.8 lens.
  2. The right white balance. I have found that adding an amber colored filter over my speed light or using a gold colored reflector when working outdoors adds a nice warm hue to the skin tones, which is more attractive than cool skin tones. The above photo I took in the evening sun light which is also a good option. Set your white balance to match the current lighting situation.
  3. The right ISO. Set your ISO (the camera’s sensitivity) to 200-400 range.
  4. The right aperture. Set the f/stop from 5.6-9.0. The wider the aperture the more blurred the background will be. Beware, you run the risk of your subject not being in focus, especially if all of the subject is not in the same plane.
  5. Set the right focus. Set your camera to single area AF, focus on the eyes. The sharpest part of a portrait should be the eyes.
  6. Try to always shoot in RAW. It gives you more information and allows you to do more in photo editing.
  7. Lastly, a good rapport with your subject. This helps them to feel more comfortable and you will be better able to capture their true personality!

I hope this helps! Portraits are fun to do! Go out and try these tips when you shoot your next portrait.

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2 thoughts on “Day 106 of 365: Quick Tips on How to take better portraits!

  1. Beautifully done and a handsome young man. Great tips to try! : )

    1. Thank you, he is a very nice kid.

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