Indeed, if you want to take your amateur-looking portraits to the next level, all you need is a few basic tips. Portrait photography Manny Ortiz has three great tips, which he demonstrates in the below video while photographing his wife Diana. His idea to share the tips came about when Diana saw a portrait on Instagram that she wanted Ortiz to try to replicate. Instead of spending a lot of time going into the studio to reproduce the photo, Ortiz realized he could just shoot it at home and it would look as good. Here the three tips he used to shoot the portrait, which ended up being his own concept, rather than an attempt to recreate the photo from Instagram. Watch the video where Ortiz explains and demonstrates the tips below and then go check out his awesome YouTube channel.
James Paterson explains how LEDs can work in harmony with natural light for beautiful portraits. An LED light source is a versatile choice for location lighting. Credit: James Paterson. Using your own lighting for outdoor portraits gives you the freedom to light your subject from any direction you choose. It lets you combine the best parts of studio and natural- light portraiture.
Why is it that some people are considered photogenic and others are not? What can a beginning photographer do to circumvent this when making a portrait? To address this issue head on, we recently spoke with noted portrait photographers Lindsay Adler and Brian Smith, who helped us compile these eight essential tips for creating successful portraits. As Adler points out in the quote above, the recipe for a good portrait entails more than just photo and lighting gear. It starts with the photographer making a distinct effort to connect with the subject so they are at ease with the image-making process.
Portrait photography tips can run the gamut from simple tweaks to your camera settings to the seemingly impossible task of getting children to stay still. Although many photographers upgrade to a decent DSLR or mirrorless camera to give them more control when they take family portraits or pictures of friends, getting great shots of people is always a challenge. The difference between amateur and professional portraits can be vast. So we've compiled this list of 14 of the most important portrait photography tips for any photographer to know.