Quick tips and tricks that will help you in portrait photography
1. Focus on the eyes
If eyes are sharp, your photo is sharp. Especially when you are using high apertures, focus on the eyes. Manually select an AF point that’s positioned in between the models eyes. Lock the focus and take the photos.
2. Use standard telephoto lens
Never use wide-angle lenses for closeups, they will distort facial features. Instead use standard telephoto lens.
The classic focal lengths for a full-frame camera are 50mm, 85mm prime lenses and a 70-200mm zoom.
3.When in doubt use Aperture Priority mode
Aperture Priority gives you control over the aperture (opening of the lens) and as a result the depth of field (DOF).
Ever wondered what made the subject stand out of the background. Yes! its the aperture. Some fast prime lenses such as 85mm f/1.2 or 50mm f/1.4 lets you do those creamy smooth out of focus portraits with professional quality. Be sure to follow rule no. 1 when using low apertures. Its all in the eyes !
If you dont have budget for lighting, use a reflector. A reflector is a very useful and cheap piece of photographic equipment that gives you instant results. Have you ever wondered why your selfie looks great near the hall window ?. Thats because of the natural light. Window light and a reflector makes a beautiful portrait. Use it right now !!!
If you are new to photography always shoot in raw formats. Why ? because it has 10,000 brightness levels against JPEG which has only 256. Google some quick raw editors. Canon and Nikon cameras come bundled with raw format editors. Use them you will learn a lot!
Use ISO as the last resort. With great power comes great responsibility. This isnt just for spiderman. High ISO brings in noise, your photos will end up being full of random colored dots and grain. Keep it to its minimum as a general rule. Also rules are meant to be broken, be creative, try out yourself.