Good portrait photos? They are not easy to make, but these tips will certainly help you. A professional portrait photographer shares his knowledge.
Portrait photography is one of the most difficult, because it requires not only a lot of technical knowledge, but also the ability to work with the model to get the most out of it. On his YouTube channel , Miguel Quiles shares in two videos tips on how to take better portrait photos. The tips listed are very relevant and relatively easy to apply – some even in amateur conditions. If you don't have time to watch the movies, below we have gathered for you all the tips that Miguel mentions.
Good portrait photos – tips
1. Fill out the frame. Beginners usually leave plenty of space above the head of the model, which is not necessary. 2. Use catchlight. It is a source of light that is reflected in the eyes of the photographed person. Such an effect attracts the attention of the recipient. 3. Pay attention to the line of sight. The subject does not have to look straight into the lens. It is important that the iris of the eye is more visible than the white sclera. 4. Focus on lighting. It's quite obvious, but you shouldn't forget about it. Lighting is not only lamps in the studio, but also the appropriate use of the sun, use of blends, etc. 5. Remember about the model. Location and light are important, but you can't forget about the subject. You need to help the model relax and establish a relationship with him. 6. Use continuous mode. Working in serial mode allows you to capture fleeting moments, facial expressions that you might miss. 7. Keep the poker face. Even if the session is stressing you, don't show it to the portrayed person. Otherwise your stress will be on her. 8. Use the eye chart technique. Tell the model to pretend to look at the chart as if it were an eye exam. This will protect you from the effect of wide-open eyes, like a scared deer. 9. Use preview. During the session, it's good to have a large monitor for viewing. Thanks to this, you have insight into how the session goes, what to improve, etc. 10. Role playing. Ask the model to play a role. This is one of the easiest ways to help someone get out of their head and look much more freely and naturally in front of the camera. What do you think about these tips? Are they useful in your opinion?