WHEN TAKING PORTRAITS…
Look for the softest possible light
For a flattering portrait, start by positioning your subject by a window for that natural, soft glow. If there are white curtains on the window, close them to reveal a pleasing softbox effect, or look for a white wall that reflects light off from it - that will also serve as a nice, soft light.
Shoot into the mid-tones or shadows
Having the highlight away from you allows your portraits to look more dimensional and sculpted. Shooting into the highlight often results in the subject’s features looking flat and boring, so it’s best to avoid doing that.
Catchlights in the eyes
People are often naturally drawn to sparkling things, having catchlights reflected in the eyes allows the viewer to be drawn into the image and also gives the subject a fresh, healthy look.
Shoot with a long lens wide open
Use a lens of about 85mm to 200mm and shoot with the biggest aperture you have on your lens. This will allow you to draw the viewer closer into the subject and take them away from what’s not as interesting - for example, the shoulders of our model in this picture.
Put something inbetween
Try placing a foreground element in between you and the subject. This creates depth and a sense of environment in your pictures, making them more interesting.
Highlights Mid tones Camera direction Shadow