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Captivating Portrait Photography Tips From Photowhoa

Captivating Portrait Photography Tips From Photowhoa - PhotoWhoa share some top tips for captivating portrait photography.

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Portrait photography tips

Smile, move the body 90 degrees to the side, place your hand here, and tilt your chin up. Do you think you can wow your model with this formula? The truth is, there are many portrait photography tips that you can learn from an experienced professional.

You might be looking for something more than a studio portrait or an outdoor headshot. These social media and digital days have taken portrait photography to another level, it seems like everyone is a photographer nowadays!

Suddenly people love to analyse photos, observe light and shadows, and take smartphone photography very seriously. In this relevant guide, Photowhoa will share with you the things to consider in portrait photography and what you have to know to not to miss that “one-second” moment in life that you can make last forever.

With “Portrait Guide to Posing Women's Hands”, “An Essential Guide to Learning Flash Portrait Photography”, and “The Heart of Portraiture by Don Giannatti”, you can put yourself in the shoes of world renowned portrait photographers. Not to mention that it's all free of charge!

You'll learn how to:

 

1. Master the art of lighting.

In “An Essential Guide to Learning Flash Portrait Photography”, you can find a guide to several different types of lighting, all covered. How many times have we taken pictures with mid-day harsh sunlight on the model's beautiful face? What a waste. And no, Photoshop can't fix it. Learn to be able to control the lighting with accessories and the right timing to shoot. Learn that locations also play a big factor. There are some locations that are hard to reach, costly, and also inefficient. For example, top of the mountain, crater lakes, etc. Nowadays, we can turn an ordinary location to a painting with a good lighting trick!

 

2. Be detail-oriented.

In a photograph, we don't have to show everything in one frame. Sometimes, the true meaning is hiding in the details. Think about tiny little fingers, the wink of an eye, and baby steps. Details shots are magical because it leaves something to the imagination. Learn this from “The Heart of Portraiture by Don Giannatti”. A good portrait is something more than just a pretty face. You don't need an expensive camera to be the best photographer. You just need a good pair of eyes and a story to tell. Get inspired by everything, from a movie, song, painting, social issues, or even your own personal stories. Translate this into your artwork and you'll feel the satisfaction and fulfillment of being a true artist.

 

3. Direct the model's poses.

Growing up, we were all trained to smile and say “cheeseeee!” whenever a camera is around. Way too predictable. How do you make the model comfortable in front of the camera? Try to step outside the norm and throw away that normal photo concept. Encourage people to continue what they're doing and you can help to make them more comfortable by telling a joke, letting them laugh/cry/scream/jump, and most importantly, allowing them to be real. This is covered in “Portrait Guide to Posing Women's Hands”. Don't hesitate to get up on a step ladder, or a table, or a chair to get that perfect shot. Bow down when you have to shoot something short/small. It's all about perspective. Be creative to explore your angles. Be confident.

 

4. Bring your camera everywhere.

You don't want to miss that pinkish, golden hour and find yourself regretting leaving the camera at home, right? Psychologically, you should be more aware of moments and motivated to create better photographs once you have the camera next to you. Just like Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “To me, my camera is an extension of my eye.” Don't worry, if you don't have a professional camera, a smartphone will do. Camera phones are always advancing these days and you can still get decent high-quality shots. Believe it or not, even magazine editorial photos can be taken from phones.

 

5. Shoot people around you.

Capture people and portraits in real-life situations, milestones, and events in an artistic manner and the art of everyday life. It is the easiest and simplest form of photography you can find everywhere, from family gatherings to dinner parties with friends. The main goal is to tell a story about someone's life or to inspire people. It is a kind of portrait photography that is very raw and natural, all about capturing the candid life, when nothing is fabricated. Also, get a free “Family Portraits Photoshop Actions.”

In conclusion, by grabbing a couple of stylish friends and a $5000 camera won't make you the next Richard Avedon or Annie Leibovitz. If you haven't got the idea of how you should direct your model for portrait photography, this is the perfect guide to get you on board with the best portrait photography tips.

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