17 Portrait Photography Tips Everyone Should Master

nd prime lenses can both work for portraits but they each have their advantages and disadvantages. Zoom lenses give you a lot of flexibility in framing your shot while primes are known for being incredibly sharp and producing beautiful bokeh. If your subjects are often moving erratically (like kids or pets!) you may want to use a zoom lens. If your subjects are more static, prime lenses may be a great choice for you. You can also visit our full guide for the best portrait lens to get the most out of your shots.

Focus on the Eyes

Good portraits don’t necessarily need to have the entire subject in focus. Many photographers love the way a thin focal plane and blurred background draw the viewer right in. Regardless of how much of your subject you want to have in focus, the most important thing to get sharp is typically the eyes. When selecting your focus point, be sure to center it on the eyes.

Be Aware of Your Light

Light may be the single most important thing to understand when taking photos. If your light isn’t good, your photo won’t be either. For outdoor shots, the light is warmest and softest just after sunrise and just before sunset. Many beginners find this “golden hour” light to be the easiest to work with. If you need to shoot during mid day, try putting your subject in the shade or facing away from the sun. Find more detailed tips on lighting and exposure with our aperture shutter speed iso chart and guide.

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