4 Golden Tips For Portrait Photography
Portrait photography as an art form certainly deems immense practice and experience, before you can actually consider yourself to be an expert in the domain. At the initial stages, there is a lot of trial and error, and it is only with the passage of time (and a lot of camera reels – both figuratively and literally, depending on the type of camera you use!), that you actually gain the level of expertise and proficiency that you dreamt of at the outset.
To make things a lot easier and faster for you, we have put together a list of 4 age old golden tips that can certainly help you in your pursuits as a high caliber portrait photographer:
Experiment, Experiment, Experiment!
Just as there are various written and unwritten rules of photography, there are actually just as many ways of breaking those rules and still being able to come out with fantastic results! Experiment with lighting, experiment with composition, experiment with framing, experiment with perspective…the results may not always be palatable in all cases, but eventually you will be able to come out with portraits that could well become your signature creations!
Simplicity is bliss…in photography as well!
Try and keep the entire frame simple and uncluttered. This means that you should have minimalistic items in the background and foreground of the picture. Also keep the lighting element simple, without trying to bring in too many elements of lighting into the picture. Also try and use as much natural light as possible.
Preparation is key!
Be prepared with all the items that you will need for your photography session. Remember that some portraits which you will take, especially of models, will require those individuals to be paid on an hourly basis and goof ups could end up costing you a lot. So have all the manpower and equipment that you will need for the shoot, ready with you, well in time, before commencement of the shoot and double check on their provision, before you call in the individuals you will be photographing.
Take a series of shots
Even though you might have made every possible effort to capture just the right moment, it may miss you by a whisker in case you choose to take only a single shot. That is the reason; it is well advised to instead go in for a series of shots, around the intended moment of capture, which will allow you to make the most appropriate selection. This also allows you to in turn make a series of photos, akin to motion film, which you can even present as such.
Portrait photography should certainly seem a whole lot easier now with these tips!