How To Do Portrait Photography
Published: 2020-03-17   Views: 36
Author: dilanattasphotography
Published in: Photography
How To Do Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is a balancing act- there are so many things to keep in mind being a photographer. Communicate with your subject and making sure they feel at ease vital. And from a technical perspective, worrying about DSLR settings, choosing the right lens and composing your shot are all the key elements of the process. This article will offer some portrait photography tips that the top San Diego Wedding Photographer uses in his work.


Unless you’re working with a professional model, don’t pose your subject. Also, if you are not a seasoned portrait photographer you won’t’ have the experience to pose the subject well anyway.

You gonna hear ‘What I do with my hands’? A LOT, this is when their nerves will spike, and that makes a bad photograph. To overcome this, give them something to do. They could look at some old photos, or play with some jewelry they are wearing.


Sunlight is the simplest way to light your portrait subject. The technique to create lighting like this is in the blocking and positioning of the light. An easy to get good natural light for your subject is to use a window. The walls around the sun will naturally block the extra light, so you have a directional light source and the size of the window will determine how diffused the light is.

Also, look for a soft light that has been spread out. It’s flattering for portraits by helping hide pores and smooth wrinkles of the face. A top photographer uses soft light present outside on an overcast day, in shade or through north-facing windows with no direct sun during a San Diego wedding photography.


The clothing and styling of the person make a big difference in how your portrait looks. For a classic, timeless approach use neutral and earth tones such as browns, grays, whites, and blacks. To give your portrait photograph more punch look for splashes of vivid color such as bright clothing, make-up or colorful backgrounds. However, avoid mixing all these options unless you feel confident behind the camera.


Try placing translucent objects in front of your lens for more cool effects. Objects that work are jewelry and CDs. The above picture was taken with a CD placed just in front of the lens. This reflects the light from the sun, giving the portrait an ethereal light flare and a colored pigment.

The other portrait photography tips include lenses & camera settings. An experienced San Diego Wedding Photographer makes use of all of these tips to shot a beautiful portrait.

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