There are so many portrait photography tips online that you’ll probably be confused on which ones to remember the most and to absorb first. They can be anything to everything from simple tweaks that you can execute in your camera to tricks on how to keep children still for the taking of their portraits, to special filters that you can create on your own, and so on and so forth. It would be good to note though that there is a huge difference between portraits taken by amateurs and those taken by verified professionals like shooters who specialize in lifestyle photography. We wrote this article to attempt to tackle that and break it down for you. Take note of the most basic of tips to ensure that portrait photography works out for you.
Avoid the all too common risk of under exposed portraits
This is common when you are shooting subjects with a particularly light skin tone, those who are wearing a lot of white (like brides, for example), or even those who face the camera at a full face angle. The technical secret there is to make up for the washed out effect with Exposure Compensation. The only way for you to make this work would be if you should your subjects in Aperture Priority Mode. There are variations but they are all subjective and completely up to you but that is the basic mode for you to play around with if you would like to take great portraits.
Invest in a telephoto lens
This is actually sort of a no brainer. Telephoto lens is the best lens you can possibly get yourself for portrait photography. It enables you to frame and focus in on your subjects better. It is actually one of the most basic lenses that you should start out with and it is always considered a really wise alley to bank your money on if this is something that you’re doing professionally.
Invest in and make use of a reflector
This is probably one of the easiest ways for you to be able to come up with the most professional looking portrait photos. Try to go for reflectors with detachable covers so that you have the option to switch in between color tones. A good rule of thumb to remember would be that a gold reflector will be able to warm up your portrait photo. A silver reflector will brighten up the portrait photo almost instantly. And then a white reflector will sort of have a neutral effect but is still great when it comes to eliminating the shadows and balancing the light in the portrait photo.
Be wary of having too much sun especially when shooting outdoors
Too much light from the sun can wash out any photo and can cause extremely unflattering photos. This may sound odd but the perfect way to balance that out would actually be to use your flash. Technically speaking, this will balance out your exposure which translates into a much better portrait photo quality for you.