If you are able to pick a camera, point it at your subject, and click the shutter button you can consider yourself a portrait photographer. Portrait photography is the most popular form of photography since it is the most often participated in. Of course, there is quite a difference between the photos you take of your children and those a true professional takes. There are certain characteristics professional portrait photographers have that allow them get the best out of their subjects. A portrait photo does not only mean a person’s image. A great photo also shows the models character and emotion. If you want to start shooting photographs like a professional and would like to know their secrets here are five tips can give you a head start.
Rapport: The first thing you need to do is build rapport with your subject. Having an interest in your models is definitely a plus. If you show an interest in your subject a comfort level is reached that allows them to be more natural in front of the camera. When the shutter is clicked your chances of getting amazing photos is increased tenfold.
Personality: The best photographs show the viewer a bit of the subject’s personality. This occurs best if you have an insight to the person. You want their personality to shine in the look in their eyes or the set of their mouth. A hint is that their personality will usually come out when they are not expecting a shot to be taken, so you have to be ready to take the picture when the opportunity comes.
Lighting: Natural lighting is the preferred source. However when you want to emphasize the person’s face and character, you will want to think about using artificial lighting. It is important that your light is evenly distributed and that it emphasizes the angles you are looking for. Lighting can have a great effect especially if you are looking for a serious photo.
Background: Most portraits use lighter backgrounds to emphasize the subject. However, it is also important to use the environment to add more character to your subject. Please be careful when using the environment that the color of your background and what your subject is wearing do not clash. Sometimes backgrounds become the flaw of a picture because the photographer didn’t properly plan.
Plan: Make sure your I’s are dotted and your T’s crossed before going into the shoot. Not only is it imperative that you have all the equipment that you need, but it is vital that you are confident that you can handle the job properly. Prepare all the necessary materials and be sure to bring a good topic for conversation so that your subject can relax while you are shooting.
Product photography is one of the most satisfying hobbies that I have found. If you’re serious in making it your career, you can be sure that it can be lucrative as long as you perfect your craft. However, remember that you should have the heart for the job because portrait photography’s first requirement is interest.