Portrait Photography can be both: a very fun hobbie and a very rewarding career, but why not both? Whatever your case may be, to get started you must first master the absolute basics. Here are 5 simple tips that will take your Portraits go from “aficionado” to “pro” in no-time:
1. It’s all about connection.
Ok, equipment is very important as well as technical skill, but let’s not forget what Portrait Photography is really all about: People. That’s right, whether it is a wedding photoshoot or a family portrait, sometimes the difference between an “amateur” and a “pro” is just the ability to be genuinely curious about people you may have never met before and connect with them in as little as just a few minutes. Some of the most succesful Portrait Photographers that I’ve ever had the pleasure to see in action know more about their average subject’s life than I do about my neighbor’s sports standing point. After a one-hour session!
2. Light things up: Use a Reflector.
I can never stress this enough. A quick and affordable way to brighten up your portraits is to get ahold of a good reflector and get around it’s correct way to use it. Usually soft and off-camera works like a charm. Depending on the subject and the looked-for result, sometimes two reflectors on each side of the camera perform best if what you want is a light, feel-good Portrait Photograph. Posibilities are endless.
3. Compose: Let your own, personal touch be seen.
Many Photographers underestimate their own composition skills to a point where the finished product looks more like a generic marketing-ad picture than a professional portrait. This often happens because the Photographer may feel that to shoot according to what they feel instead of what they “know” isn’t worth the risk. This is why you should always keep in mind that Photography is an art of expression and perspective. Not always you can include everything in a portrait, nor should you. Whether it is your subject or a very good landscape. Zoom it in for a more inspired look or position your subject to one side of the portrait to have space-to-look-into in your composition. Experiment until you take the Photographs you want to see. Remember, sometimes less is more. This is applicable even in indian wedding photography.
4: The time and space continuum: Location.
Let’s get this one over-with quick, you’ve heard it a hundred times and read it a hundred more. There’s a reason for it: It’s important. Now I can surely bet you’ve seen more than one place in which a good photoshoot wouldn’t be wasted. Get there early a week before and try a couple sample shots. You’ll know it when you see it, after all as most Photographers would agree on, being on the right place at the right time go a long way.
It’s 2016, the wonders of the information era are infinite and let themselves unveil into the Photography world too: Photo-editing software. Now, you may not be a fan of it or you may love it. In my experience, it’s so much worth a try. And by “worth a try” I mean worth going over a couple dozen tutorials until you get an exact feel on how it can help you improve your work and cleanse it from minor natural defects. The best Photographers know that shooting is just half the battle. To really take your work to the next level give a decent, well-reviewed photo-editing software a chance. Conduct a little research and pick your favorite, the rewards are countless!
Now that you know what it takes to make great Portrait Photography, get out there and show the world how you do it.