Taking a really proper and professional looking portrait photo requires a good amount of technical knowledge and a little more flair that you might actually take. Most people will think that taking a portrait photo is really no different than your usual selfie but professionals will beg to differ. As a matter of fact, there are a ton of tiny details that the professional photographers actually go through in order to attain those almost natural looking and carefree portrait photos. Portrait photography is not as easy as a selfie.
Here are a few tips that you can look into when working on your portrait photography game.
Be creative with the compositions of your portrait photography
Most people would have thought that there is really nothing challenging when it comes to shooting the portrait photos. Most people will just normally take the photos the same usual way but where is the fun in that, right? Try taking a photo of the subject just posing on one side of the frame; have the subject look out into space, or just have them looking over the shoulder which will depict a certain sense of mystery and excitement.
Invest in a really good reflector
This can help you balance out the light and dark elements of the photo. It also helps make the portrait photos coming out looking professional and smoothed out. The silver reflector usually has a more neutral effect and the purpose is towards more on just balancing the light. A gold reflector helps warm up the skin tones and brings in that sort of glowing look. It really varies depending on what kind of effect you would like to go for but having a reflector is definitely awesome for the skin and the profiles overall.
Shoot from a lower perspective
It comes up with a lot of really interesting shots and makes the subjects look inquisitive when they are looking down on the camera. Looking down also captures the subjects in angles that highlight the most prominent features of the face such as the jaws, the line of the nose, the ears, and even the soft slope of the neck.
No to front facing camera
This may seem counterintuitive if you own a smart phone but in the event that you would like to take up portrait photography using your phone, it is highly discouraged to use the front facing camera. In the technical details alone, the back facing camera has so much more impressive resolution and quality as opposed to the front facing one. The way to make this work if you’re taking your own photos is to set it up using the self timer and an even better option would be to use a tripod to help steady the camera taking session and help minimize the blur.
Make use of the advantage of natural light
As much as possible, do not use the artificial light coming from the camera’s flash. Natural light makes it easier for the photographer to play around with shadows and the balance between the light and the dark and highlights all of the best profiles in the portrait photo.