15 Ridiculously Useful Tips for Taking Stunning Portrait Photographs

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Tip 4: On Focus

Correct methods of focusing are often overlooked when it comes to portrait photography. Here are a few pointers to get you on the right track:

  • Use single-point autofocus rather than zone or multiple-point. This puts the control in your hands, rather than leaving it up to the camera which often gets it wrong.
  • Focus on your subject’s eyes for the best clarity. These are often the focal point of a good portrait, so they need to be in sharp focus.
  • Choose single-shot rather than continuous autofocusing. This will mean your autofocus locks to the subject, rather than tracking focus.

Equipment Tips for Portrait Photographs

Now that we’ve covered the settings on your camera, let’s look at some of the top equipment tips you should know for portrait photography.

Tip 5: On Lenses

The type of lens you use will depend a little on your personal preference (and budget), but it will also be affected by how much space you have.

  • A short telephoto lens, around 70-200mm, will help you compress the perspective and still allow you to create a soft blur in the background. It also means that your subject won’t become distorted in the picture, which can happen with a wide-angle lens.
  • User a wider angle if you are shooting in a wide open space, a group, or a full length portrait. This allows you to fit more in the frame. Something around 35mm-50mm should do the trick.
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