People, especially their faces, interest me. I love the diversity in personality and expressions, and I love using my camera to capture all those personalities.
If you are new to photography and getting frustrated that you aren’t creating portraits like you always wanted, here are a few tips.
- Get a lens 50mm or higher focal length. People always wonder if there is any perfect lens for portrait photography. Unfortunately, there is no one perfect lens for portraiture. But in general use 50mm or higher focal length lens.
- It’s all about the eyes. Focus on eye. Toggle your focus point of your camera until it’s right on the eyes; if your subject is close to you, put the focus point on one eye (if one eye is closer to you than the other, focus on that one).
- Get Closer. The most common mistake made by photographers is that they are not physically close enough to their subjects. In some cases this means that the center of interest—the subject—is too small to have any impact. Even when it is big enough to be decipherable, it usually carries little meaning. Viewers can sense when a subject is small because it was supposed to be and when it's small because the photographer was too shy to get close. Don't be shy. If you approach people in the right way, they'll usually be happy to have their picture made.
- Be Aware of the Lighting and Environment. Once shoot day comes, make sure you have a solid plan—for both the portrait setting and any setup needed for your camera and lighting. If you’ll be shooting in an interior or studio setting, acquaint yourself with existing options for backgrounds and lighting within the space. Will it be possible to shoot a natural-light portrait or will you need to plan for artificial lighting? Are there clean walls or a simple drapery that you can use for a backdrop, or will you be doing an environmental portrait within the space?