Digital Photography: Tips for Great Portraits

June 23, 2013

Digital Photography: Tips for Great Portraits

As you become more and more skilled at photography, you’ll probably find that you’re taking a lot of portrait shots. People and pets are natural subjects for photography. The ones that you hold near and dear to your heart are those that you are probably most interested in capturing photographically.

But getting a good portrait shot isn’t always easy. Even if you have a subject that’s willing to sit still long enough, there are other issues you’ll need to consider if you want to show your subject in the best light.

Here are few tips for getting great portrait shots:

    • Get up close and personal. Frame your photo tight around your subject. By composing the shot so that your subject takes up most of the frame and minimizing the background, you eliminate distractions and make your subject the clear star of your photo.

    • Compose using the Rule of Thirds. Place your subject so that the eyes are positioned at the intersection of two vertical and two horizontal lines that divide the frame into thirds. This will often give your photo a more pleasing and dynamic feel.

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  • Consider depth of field. Your aim is a shorter depth of field that keeps your subject in focus while throwing the background out of focus. This will help to further eliminate any background distractions and keep the viewer’s attention on your subject.. You can do this by working with the aperture setting, but a short depth of field can also be achieved by using a lens with a longer focal length.

For more tips on snapping great portraits, check out the link below:

5 Camera Setting Tips for Shooting Great Portraits




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