Any nice tips on taking portraits?


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noobie

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Howdy! I am interested in trying out taking portraits this weekend, first time taking portriat. Got any nice tips to offer? What to look out for between outdoor and indoor portraits? Thanks.
 

eow

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remember to check yr camera wb....yr cf/sd card and yr battery.....
..if u unsure what setting to use....
just shoot in [P]rofessional mode:lovegrin:
 

eow

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and yes...if u using a dslr but also own a pns...bring the little one along...u can shoot video too:bsmilie:
 

eow

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last thing if even the [P]rofessional mode dun work well..it time u should consider changing yr camera liao
 

leejay

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Hehe, good advice from Eow. :thumbsup: Just keep shooting, noobie bro. :)

Things to look out for:

1. light
2. composition
 

mud77man

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Howdy! I am interested in trying out taking portraits this weekend, first time taking portriat. Got any nice tips to offer? What to look out for between outdoor and indoor portraits? Thanks.


Hi there, forgive me but im very intrigued and curious.. are you looking for 1)nice tips on taking portraits or 2)tips on taking nice portraits?

If its the second i can share some pointers:-

i) do your homework on where you wanna shoot and what lighting is available. Also do some research on what shots/poses/angles look good to you as a portrait. Some tips would be find a nice background (uncluttered would be a good starting point), ample but even lighting like morning sun or dusk, ask the model/s to present themselves appropriately (i.e. dress nicely and comb their hair, makeup if necessary) or you hv to DI quite a tad.

ii) on composition, find a nice background that can bring out your model's features. Some photogs like to contrast (smooth skinned vs rusty/dilapidated walls) and some like to compliment backgrounds to model. Either way, find something you like. Also, play with available lighting, i.e. ask your model to look at the source of light. (not directly at something too glaring please. :bsmilie: )

iii) on emoting, remember to keep your eyes on the model/s. sometimes the gem of a photo is taken during the transition in between the model posing.

If its (1) you're looking for, add a "please" to every sentence in this passage. :)
 

Artosoft

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Hardworking and willing to learn is the keyword.

There are many tips and tricks and photography magazines to learn from. Google it.

Regards,
Arto.
 

jdredd

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portraiture will take time.. to master..
both in the shooting, and how you want to subsequently process the picture.

pay attention to detail. background, composition. have an idea for what kind of theme you want to shoot. it doesnt hurt to look at portrait shoots posted here and on other sites.. if theres a shot that you particularly like, dont feel bad in trying to replicate it.
at least until u start to find your own style. very few portraits are truly original.

if you are shooting outdoors, try and use a reflector.

one other tip that you could consider would be to shoot tethered to your laptop. that way, you can see the results instantaneously.
 

blazer_workz

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A good looking model is already 30% good composition
A good post processing job is already 70% good photo

So a good looking model plus good post processing skill is a good photo...:bsmilie: :bsmilie:



*Joking only* Practise makes perfect..
 

eow

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just a reminder....it time to check and charge yr batt liao if u had not do so
do a check on yr memory card does it still have pics from the previous shoot?
if yes back them up and format the card.
re-check also yr camera setting jpeg/raw setting..is it in large ,medium ,small or raw?
check yr iso setting also......make sure it not defaulted at iso1600 :devil:
....what next...:think:
 

noobie

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Hahaha! Thanks for the good reminders eow. I used to make this kind of mistakes by overlooking the cam settings and all that in the end have to PS all the photos. But now I have cultivated a habit, just before I snap the shutter button I always view the setting in the cam 1st to ensure.
 

noobie

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A good looking model is already 30% good composition
A good post processing job is already 70% good photo

So a good looking model plus good post processing skill is a good photo...:bsmilie: :bsmilie:



*Joking only* Practise makes perfect..
I concur. A presentable model is half the battle won, the other half is composition and technical skill of the photog.
 

eow

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Hahaha! Good reminders eow. I used to make this kind of mistakes by overlooking the cam settings and all that, but now just before I snap the shutter button I always view the setting to ensure.
haha same here:bsmilie: ...also make the mistake before..so mustn't overlook the basic....
those nitty gritty things such composition and exposure will came naturally with more shoots and experiences...
just ensure yr gear is inside yr bag...the batt is full and yr memory is empty and inside the cam....if u haven't put them inside. do it now...yes....if u only have one card only...go buy another one...just in case for contingency
 

Yatlapball

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I strongly disagree with that view. :nono:

Why must portraits be of presentable or beautiful people?

I find this narrow-mindedness somewhat contributes to the public's negative view of photographers in general. Hum Sup Loh ah. Voyuer. etc etc. :rolleyes:
 

noobie

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Ok, i am just a noobie, I dunno how to shoot to make a plain jane look like super model in my photos, maybe as I learn more then I shall change my view. :) But I remember I read from somewhere a renouced photographer did make a statement about pretty subject is easier to shoot. I guess it is just subjective. To each his own.
 

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