Almost everyone loves and admires Stunning portrait photographs. They speak a lot about themselves, they bring on a story with them, they may have mystery underneath and they too bring on some good memories. The subject in the portrait may be a friend, someone from the family, a stranger or a professional model but nevertheless a well captured portrait makes the subject alive in the photograph. Is it very easy to take portrait photographs? Of course it is, and here are some Portraitfotografie Tipps for you to help you perform better.
Background: This is an important aspect of portraits and it should be selected carefully. The background shall be such that it should not be interfering with the subject and it needs to be simple and less cluttered for better portraits. And sometimes you will need the background to be a familiar one to bring out the personality of the subject and associate an identity for the subject in the portrait.
Light: Going for outdoor portraits are great and by doing so you can bring natural light and skin tone to the portrait. But you have virtually no control on the light outside. So you need to avoid photography in the mid-day time and also care not to put the object being right in front of the sun. If taking portrait in indoor then use soft and evenly spreading light to light up the subject.
Aperture: You must try different apertures for the different portraits in mind. While a wide aperture blurs the background and makes the face prominent at the same time a smaller aperture bring the entire frame into better focus. Usually f/2.0 to f/5.0 goes great for portraits.
Focus: If you want your portrait to tell the story, then you must focus the eye of the subject because that is the most expressive feature on the human face. Also try to capture different emotions with focus being on the eyes.
Angle and pose: Looking straight into the camera may make the portrait look boring. Try to add some flair by trying different iterations with the angle of photography and the pose of the subject. Here is the opportunity to show your creativity.
Models: Make your models comfortable so that they can come out confident and have natural expressions in the portrait. A confident and cool subject is the prominent reason behind a great portrait. Makeup for the models is also important as it hides the blemishes on the face and holds the glow that makes the portrait perfect.
Shoot more: In this digital age you can take as many shots for a portrait as you could. Take a lot of them and keep the best one meeting all technical and artistic requirements.
Also it is not a bad idea to have an assistant to help you in the shoot with the reflector ant other small stuffs.