WHEN TAK­ING POR­TRAITS…

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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

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