This is a session from earlier this year, that I'm just having time to blog about. Over the last few years, as I've continued to grow as a photographer, I've developed a love and a passion for portrait photography.
A few blog posts back, I mentioned that I was going to try to do a better job of giving those who read my photography blog a behind-the-scenes look at my process and provide some of my best practices, experiences, and tips. Here a few things that I keep in mind when shooting portraits:
- Lens - A lot of portrait photography is done using a prime lens (e.g. 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm). I'm sure you can capture great portraits using other lenses, but I personally prefer using a lens with a fixed focal length. These photos were all taken with my 50mm lens.
- Lighting - Don't be afraid to experiment with sunlight and shadows. When I first started, I was hesitant to have models stand in shadows or even direct sunlight. However, sometimes low lighting, direct sunlight, or even shadows can really add a nice affect to a photo (see some of the photos below for examples of using shadows).
- Focus - This year I've done a lot of experimenting with manual focus. I typically don't like to have objects blocking the person I'm shooting, but for portraits, it can be fun to try adjusting the focus between your subject and something in the foreground.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!