Crop in close on fea­tures

Fo­cus on one spe­cific part of the face or play with fram­ing for great por­traits

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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.

Get cre­ative

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.

WHITE

GOLD

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