In today’s post I am going to be telling you guys some portraiture photography tips. Portraiture is one of my favourite types of photography, I love capturing special moments for memories and doing staged photoshoots achieving creative outcomes.
Experiment with different apertures, shutter speeds etcetera
Photography is so much about experimentation. Experimenting with your photography style especially with portraiture photography will help you when you are trying to think about what you like best and techniques you want to continue using in the future.
when you are trying to capture movement within photography using a lower shutter speed helps you to achieve a more blurred effect. Trying out different apertures means that you can see the difference in lighting and decide which effects you prefer and if you don’t like the lighting in one of the photos you took when trying it out you can try to change the lighting through editing afterwards.
Plan out your photoshoots
One thing which has helped me massively when carrying out a photoshoot with someone is the planning before hand. This is especially important if you want to try to take more artistic photos to portray a message through.
Key things to think about when planning out a photoshoot are
- The location
- Any props/ makeup you might want to use in the shoot
- Whether or not you want you want the model to dress a certain way for the shoot
- Different poses the model can do so that if they need guidance you can help
Planning out a shoot is a really good idea because it means that not only will the photoshoot go more smoothly because you have a more clear idea of what you want to achieve through the photoshoot but it will also mean that you are less likely to miss out specific shots which you want to capture and may have forgotten to if you hadn’t planned before hand.
Research other photographers for inspiration for your shoots
Another tip to do with portraiture photography is to do with inspiration for your photoshoots.
You may be very creative but a lot of us at some point have experienced photographers block when we either can’t come up with an idea for a shoot but we want to photograph. Or we have an idea but we are not 100 percent sure how we want to do it exactly.
Researching photographers helps with this because you can get more inspiration from different concepts other photographers have carried out and changing it in your own unique way. Researching photographers also helps you to think about new techniques which you may want to try when doing some more of your photoshoots in the future.
Practice photographing people as often as you can
If you can try to practice taking photos of people as often as you can (with their permission of course). The more often you practice your photography the more you will improve and when you do photoshoots you often learn new things you didn’t before .
Evaluate your photoshoots
After you have done your photoshoot with someone it is a good to evaluate it. Think about what you did well and which out of the photos you took where your favourite and why they were. With the photos you took which you didn’t like as much also think about why you didn’t like them as much. Where they too blurry in your opinion, did you not like the angle which you took the photo at etcetera, and think about what you could change next time.
Doing this helps you to improve gradually and it also helps you to track your improvement more because you see the difference in the photo quality as you go along.
Think about what you can add to a photo afterwards
After you have taken a photo there are lots of things which you do to make it more creative. You can use Photoshop to create different effects on your photographs and if you want to do a job in photography in the future then practicing photo editing is important so that you can improve and learn more new techniques.
There are also lots of other photo manipulation techniques which you can use for example. burning, scratching etcetera. One manipulation technique which I think is really good is scratching the background in a photo to manipulate the background.