Tips for taking a portrait picture
Every self-respecting photographer must certainly be able to shoot a portrait.
After all, art is art, but any work should be profitable. Therefore, if you are engaged in commercial photography, you must do everything possible and impossible to ensure that the customer is satisfied with your work. And since, often, people don’t like the way they appear in photographs, your task is to make the work as pleasant as possible to the client. Well, I think that with a lyrical digression you can end and go directly to practical advice on how to photograph a portrait
To make a good portrait you need two things: some technical skills (approximately 20% success), creative imagination (the remaining 80% success). With the second, I am not able to help you, but I will gladly help with the first.
Tip number 1 - preparation. For any shooting, especially portrait, you need to prepare. Therefore, think in advance where you want to shoot: on the street or in a photo studio. Discuss your desired shooting concept with the model. For your part, look at interesting patterns of light if you are shooting in a studio or interesting poses for a model.
Tip number 2 - communicate with the model. Your task as a photographer is to create the most comfortable working conditions for your model. Communicate with her, tell funny cases from life. Remember to compliment the model so that she feels relaxed and at ease.
Tip # 3 - Use natural light when shooting. And to add a depth shot, use a reflector.
Tip # 4 - Focus on the model. There are three ways to visually distinguish a model: depth of field (to achieve a smoothly blurred background), light or contrast.
Tip number 5 - the point of shooting. So that the people in the photos do not look like alien monsters with unrealistically huge heads or long legs, choose the right shooting point. If this is a shoulder portrait - keep the camera at the level of the head, if in full height - then the camera should be at the level of the belt.