8. Ways to Make a Good portrait

8. Ways to Make a Good portrait

How to Make a Portrait Photo

Hey everybody, today I want to talk about and show you how you can take a good portrait photo in no time. But first there are a few things you need to know or understand. There is nothing like a right or a wrong way to take a profile picture it always depends on the situation and the result that you want to end up with.

what’s a good lens for portraits:

Is a common question and the answer is it depends on the kind of portrait that you want to make 😝. No seriously there are lots of different people with lots of different opinions some say you need 200mm other say 100mm or 135mm but in my opinion this is BS. You don’t need to go to buy a super expensive lens to make a beautiful portrait picture. Of cause, you can use those lenses and they will look great, if you know how to use them, but what I want to say is, even if you buy an awesome lens and an awesome mark IV camera it will not make your pictures look better. So, you can just use the lens that you already have and experiment with it. 😊what's a good lens for portraits

50mm or 18-55mm

For beginners that just want to make a solid portrait I would say a 50mm 1.8f lens is perfect It is cheap and I love it because it is a very sharp lens and has a very nice bokeh plus it can take in a lot of light. If you don’t have one you can also use the 18-55mm kit lens that you get with the Canon eos t6 rebel it is almost the same.

Intresting to know: A 50 mm lens has almost the same kind of view as the human eye.

Most importend thinks to think about:

  1. Focus:

It is obvious, but make sure that your focus point is always where you want it. (on the eyes of the model).

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Almost ony the eyes are sharp.

2. Aperture:

When you make a portrait, you can use the aperture to control the field of depth to make a beautiful bokeh. Since humans look first at the sharpest point of a picture you can use that to lead the eye of the viewer to the spot you want. You can make absolute geogeos pircures if you know how to use aperture.how to make a portrait

3. Iso:

Always keep your Iso as low as possible, but if the situation doesn’t let you set it higher. You rather want a photo with some noise than an unsharp one.

4. Background:

I always think about the background first before I even start. Do I want an even wall or a whole scenery? There is nothing you can do wrong or right just think about it so you will be happy with the result. If you would ask me, I would say that a picture with an even background tells you more about the model you see in the picture and a picture with a whole scenery tells you a story about the picture. (hope that explanation made sense to you). 😊

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5. Light:

doesn’t matter if you use the sun or a light. I always try to light the face up but also keep a little bit of shades in it to get a good local contrast.

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Left: beautiful light and local contrast right: too much light no local contrast.

6. Shutter speed:

I always try to use a shutter speed of 125/1 at least because people like to move always this way you can make sure you don’t have any motion blur in the picture.

7. Poses and Viewframe:

Here are some Poses that I like. you can use them if don’t know how to turn and twist. 🙂 But keep in mind that you always want the model to look natural and not tense to keep the pose up. If you want more Pose and Viewframe ideas just go to my Pinterest profiel you will find lot of them. 🙂idea for a portrait

8. Eyes:

You should also think about where the model is looking. I like it when the model looks straight into the camera it has something stunning and it gets the viewers’ attention immediately. You can also let the model look somewhere else like it is looking for something. This can make the picture also more interesting because somehow you get curious about what the model was looking at, it has something dreamy.

I hope You enjoyed this post and you might have got some useful information’s out of it. Remember there is nothing that is right and nothing that is wrong. This post is just meant to be a guideline. If you have any questions or opinions, feel free to ask me I will get back to you in no time.



Aaron. 🙂



10 thoughts on “8. Ways to Make a Good portrait

  1. jeffrey16201


    Your photography tips have made photographing people much easier to understand, nice you shared about the Canon 18-55mm lens being a good choice. Many people who purchase a Canon camera will often have this lens.

    Sharing the shutter speed setting of at least 125 is very helpful, shame to ruin a photograph by using too slow of speed and getting some blur.

    1. Aaron

      Hey Jeffrey, I am glad you liked my tips 🙂 and yes the 18-55mm lens is almost the same as the 50mm lens, just not as super sharp as the fix one, but sharp enough.:)

  2. ChazzBrown

    I don’t consider myself a photographer at all but I like to take pictures. This article gave me some tips that are even useful at my level.

    For example, I never realized that only the focus on the point of interest is important. Makes sense, I’m capturing the face, so why do I care if the necktie is out of focus?

    And that was an interesting point about the 50mm lens being close to the human eye!

    1. Aaron

      Hey Chazz I am glad you liked the post and could get some useful information out of it. 🙂 Haha yes at first I also wanted my picture sharp on every corner but then I realised that it make a picture way better when you have some depth in it. 🙂

  3. Darren

    I’ve been an avid photographer for many years now, even doing some pro work for real estates. I’ve always been quite good at capturing some great landscape shots, but have struggled when it comes to people photography and portraits. You have really summed up the process of photographing great portraits with some really useful tips. I’m going to put your advice into practice.

    1. Aaron

      Hey Darren I am more than happy that I was able to tell even an experienced photographer like you something new. 🙂 If you have any questions let me know. 🙂

  4. I’ve never been much more than an amateur photographer, but I do like to have my pictures tell a story when possible. Portraits have never been my strong point, and there’s some very useful information here about that. Never new that a 50mm lens had something in common with the human eye. Thanks!

    1. Aaron

      Hey Bobby, thank you for your comment. 🙂 The 50mm lens is not exactly like the human eye but comes very close to it and that’s why I like to take portraits with it, because I think it will generate the most authentic portrait possible. 🙂

  5. Brendon

    Nice article, although I am no professional I like to take a ton of photos as they are a reminder of where you have been and what you have been through. You give some great tips, but one thing I never realized was the importance of shutter speed.It makes a ton of sense as people do seem to always be moving, and that can become frustrating because it always leads to blurry photos.
    Do you have any other tips on avoiding that all ever dredging blurry shot?

    1. Aaron

      Hey Brandon, yes, another tip would be set your ISO high enough but not too high and have an eye on your aperture so you get enough light to still have a good picture with high shutter speed. the second tip would be to make sure you have enough light because some cameras have trouble to focus right when it is too dark.3. last but not least make sure your image stabilisation is always turned on. I hope you can work with that otherwise maybe check out https://whatcameraguide.com/how-to-dslr here you will find some general tips, or just ask me again 🙂

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