Tips for photographing a portrait
Every self-respecting photographer must certainly be able to shoot a portrait.
After all, art is an art, but any work should bring income. Therefore, if you are engaged in commercial shooting, then you must do everything possible and impossible, so that the customer is satisfied with your work. And since, often, people do not like how they go out on photos, your task is to make the work as much as possible pleased the client. Well, I think, with the lyrical digression you can finish and go directly to the practical advice, how to photograph a portrait
To make a good portrait you need two things: some technical skills (about 20% of success), a creative flight of fantasies (the remaining 80% of success). With the second I can not help you, but I will be happy to help with the first.
Council number 1 - preparation. For any shooting, especially portrait one needs to prepare. Therefore, in advance, think about where you want to shoot: on the street or in a photo studio. Discuss the desired concept with the model. For your part, look at interesting schemes of light, if you shoot in the studio or interesting poses for the model.
Tip # 2 - talk to the model. Your task as a photographer is to create the most comfortable working conditions for your model. Communicate with her, tell funny stories from life. Do not forget to praise the model so that she feels relaxed and at ease.
Tip # 3 - Use natural light when shooting. And to add a depth image, use a reflector.
Tip # 4 - focus on the model. Visualize the model in three ways: depth of field (to achieve a smoothly blurred background), light or contrast.
Tip # 5 is the shooting point. So that people in photos do not look like alien monsters with unreal huge heads or long legs, choose the right shot point correctly. If this is a shoulder portrait - hold the camera at the level of the head, if at full height - then the camera should be at the level of the belt.