Improve your photography skills with our top tips

It’s time to get up close and personal because #Portraits2020 is almost here…

Check our 3 essential tips you need to know to master the art of portraiture photography and put them into practice now in preparation for this Friday 07.02.20!

We can’t wait to see you unique points of view of people from all over the world. 👫🌎

Connect with your subject and share in the process

The recipe for a good portrait entails more than just photo and lighting gear. It starts with the photographer making a distinct effort to connect with the subject so they are at ease during the process and to inspire how you wish to portray them. This means ensuring that you get to know your subject beforehand, everything from familiarizing yourself with their background and interests to specific environmental factors, such as a place they feel comfortable in or having their favorite music playing in the background to help them feel themselves.

Photo by @sufiartphotography, Pakistan

On a more technical level, get down on their level… literally. Especially if you’ll be working with children don’t shoot down from an adult’s eye level, getting the camera down to their level will make your images more personal and less imposing. The same is true of adults as seeing eye-to-eye is a great way to make your portraits convey more of the connection you established with the subject.

Photo by @light-palmer, Tanzania

Be aware of the lighting and environment and don’t forget to plan!

Once shoot day comes, make sure you have a solid plan – for both the portrait setting and any setup needed for your camera and lighting.

If you’ll be shooting in an interior or studio setting, acquaint yourself with existing options for backgrounds and lighting within the space. Will it be possible to shoot a natural-light portrait or will you need to plan for artificial lighting? What options do you have for the background?

Photo by @montseferre, Spain

If you’ll be shooting outside using natural light, consider the time of day and the direction of the sun in relation to how and where you want to pose your subject. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for a natural-light portrait, yet you’ll probably want to avoid shooting at midday, when sunlight and shadows are harshest. Don’t forget that overcast weather can also provide a good opportunity for a portrait with softer shadows and lighting that remains consistent over a longer period of time!

Photo by @eighthman, Ghana

It’s all about the Eyes

Remember that the eyes are the “windows to the soul” and this is especially true for portrait photography. When photographing people, you want to place the emphasis on their eyes. You could have the perfect composition and exposure, but if the eyes aren’t sharp, the entire image suffers.

Photo by @sohelchy07, Bangladesh

Some cameras even have a handy feature called Eye AF that allows you to track focus right on the eyes!

Photo by @gustavo_moroz, Argentina

🏆 Follow this advice and you could win:

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There’s no time to waste! Put our tips to practice and start preparing your best photos of #Portraits2020 for this Friday! 👧🏾👨🏻‍🦳👩🏻‍🦰👳🏽‍♂️

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