Crop in close on features
Focus on one specific part of the face or play with framing for great portraits
Reflect the light
If you’re shooting indoors or on a cloudy day a reflector will brighten things up by bouncing the light back on your model’s face. A white one will get rid of shadows, while gold will warm up skin tones. You could even make your by using a large piece of white cardboard.
Increase the ISO
It’s easiest to shoot handheld, so that you’re able change your position and reframe quickly. To compensate for any shakiness and keep things sharp pick a high ISO, such as 1600. It’s easiest to shoot in aperture-priority mode, letting the camera pick its own shutter speed.
Start by framing a shot around your model’s eyes, or try zooming in on their mouth – these are great ways to get in close but still show emotion, as lips and eyes are very expressive. Or play with what photographers call ‘negative space’. This is the empty area of a photo, and it serves to add interest and draw more attention to your subject.