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6 Tips for Basic Portrait Photography📸

6 Tips for Basic Portrait Photography📸

First of all, I am not an expert in photography by any means. I obviously love photo shoots, so I am sharing some simple tips that I have learned about photography and how to do a successful portrait photo shoot. To me, photography is another way of showing who you are. Whether you are behind the camera, or the subject of the photo shoot, photography is a great way to express your artistic side and show your personality. My mom and sisters enjoy playing around with cameras and taking pictures, so I have learned a lot from them. My mom takes a lot of the pictures of me. She is not a professional photographer, but is a former photo stylist and has a good eye. A lot of times we have a basic idea of what we want to do, and then just have fun trying different things. We take most of our pictures using a Canon Rebel camera, but a lot of phones take really good pictures as well.  Here are a few tips that work for us:

1) Lighting

This is the number one thing that will determine if your pictures come out good. Even if everything else is good and your lighting is bad, the picture won’t turn out. For best results, take your pictures in natural light. The best time of day to take outdoor pictures is in the morning or evening. Sometimes the mid-day sunshine is too harsh. Cloudy days can be better than sunny days for photos. If you need to take pictures in the middle of a sunny day, try standing in the shade. For indoor pictures, stand near a window and face the light. 


2) Location

Finding a fun place to take pictures or a cool backdrop can make a difference. Try taking pictures in different spots at the same location because you never know which one will turn out best. Take your camera with you when you are going somewhere interesting and snap a few shots. 


3) Point of view

Take pictures from different angles. Try horizontal and vertical pictures. Also, try some from far away and some close ups. Experimenting with cropping can be interesting as well.

4) Have a concept

Think of what idea or message you want to get across in your photos. Make sure your photo has a mood or feel to it. This could mean planning out your outfit or even using props that have a certain theme. Although the photo could start to look too staged, so try to still be spontaneous. 


5) Photo editing

Photo editing can sometimes correct lighting or other issues. I usually use Color Story to edit my photos. There is a fine line between a photo looking good and being over edited, so don't overdo it. 


6) Take lots of photos

Be experimental and have fun! Just narrow it down later to your favorites and delete the rest. 

There is so much to learn about photography, and this is definitely something that I want to investigate more. I would really like to know more about camera settings and using different lenses. I also want to continue to explore the art of modeling. Don’t worry about trying to look perfect, there’s no such thing. The best portraits are the ones that capture people’s individuality. I love this quote:

Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, magical person that you are.
— Mandy Hale
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