Tips for Creating a Quality Portrait

No two photographs are ever the same even if the subject is the same. There are tips every portrait photographer should know for creating a quality portrait.

Location

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The choice of where a portrait will be captured can influence many aspects of the photos. Location can suggest how a portrait should be lit, framed, and the subjects posed. An interesting ambient light poses the subject to be photographed to achieve a flattering portrait.

Lighting

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Good lighting is very important to achieve an exceptional portrait. The way light falls across a person’s face and body are arguably one of the most important aspects of a portrait.

Lighting can be used to create drama, accentuate features, or hide problem areas. The lighting of a portrait can make people look their best or worst. In a photo, the light patterns that fall across a person’s body and face are dictated by the direction and quality of light.

Crop

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The crop refers to what the photographer chooses to exclude when composing his frame. What a photographer chooses to exclude from the frame is as important as what he or she chooses to include. Considering what to exclude from the frame can make the difference between a beautiful portrait and an amateur shot.

Framing

Framing is how a photographer decides to situate the subject in the crop.

Posing

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Posing comes down to the idea of accentuating strengths and downplaying problem areas using angles and perspective. The main idea when posing is that body parts closest to the camera should be accentuated while areas further away get de-emphasised.

Technical Settings

Technical settings include things like the choice of shutter speed, aperture, iso, strobe settings, lens choice, and post-processing.

Quality portraits are not dictated by specific settings. What makes a good portrait is when the technical settings are chosen to compliment the other core elements of the photo. If the technical settings distract from the location, lighting, composition, or expression, they are likely not well executed.

Go ahead and create quality portraits with these tips.