1 Avoid the Portrait Scene Mode, as the camera locks down a number of settings that you won’t be able to adjust. It automatically sets the aperture (a large one to reduce the depth of field) and focus area. For better portraits, you really want to be in full control of both of these factors. Choose aperture-priority and manually choose the AF point that corresponds with the subject’s eyes.
2 Don’t use the camera’s pop-up flash as the main light source – it creates ugly shadows and red-eye. Bump up the ISO setting instead.
3 Manually select a single AF point that matches the position of a person’s eye, and half-press the shutter release to lock the focus.