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