Portrait Photography Tips and Techniques
Baby Photography Tips
Babies are unpredictable so therefore tears and tantrums are to be expected. Don’t be afraid to keep the camera shooting rather than waiting for that perfect pose or moment because somewhere in 30 consecutive shots will be one winner. Presuming you have a good amount of natural daylight, choose an ISO of 100-400 and use a wide aperture (f/2.8-f/8) for a shallow DOF (depth of field). Use continuous shooting mode on your camera to capture 2, 3, 4, or 5 photos in a couple of seconds.
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Child Photography Tips
Innocence is one of the things we associate with childhood – why not capture this? It could be an innocent expression or a moment of childish fun. Let the child play, or perhaps talk to them about something that makes them think. You can ask them to think of their funniest joke or if they have a secret. Choose a shallow depth of field to keep the child the focus of the shot and a shutter speed that compliments this.
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Teen Photography Tips
Part of what makes teenagers interesting subjects are their natural actions and behavior. You’ll want to encourage them to be themselves, and not worry about the camera or your candid photos. In fact, snap off a few throwaway images to break the ice. Tell stories and get them to feel as relaxed as possible, and let them do their thing. You’ll find the best images come with patience. Take a photo, wait, take another photo. The candid photos can’t be hurried. Unless you are very comfortable with setting the camera’s exposure, you might use P (Program) mode to get the most out of photographing teenagers in a natural (non-posed) setting. You certainly don’t want to be fiddling around with the camera’s controls and trying the patience of your subjects.
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A great idea is to show emotion and closeness in your family portraits. Let your subjects hold and hug each other. You can also make generational differences obvious; a grandmother followed by daughter followed by granddaughter; usually the age differences are clear. Take these kinds of shots with natural light and fast shutter speeds to capture any big smiles the moment they happen; asking people to hold a smile gives an unnatural effect.
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Portrait Tips and Techniques by Wayne Radford
Wayne Radford has compiled his extensive experience and vast knowledge into over 126 pages and practical including inspiring images and relevant and informative charts. In this eBook you will learn how to simplify and fine tune the essentials for quality portraiture. Discover how to use facial recognition and what lighting techniques should be used to enhance your subject. Also chapters on window lighting, subtractive lighting, how to find suitable locations, plus techniques for exposure and composition. There are many stunning images and easy to follow charts that will demonstrate what to look for and how to do it.
This Portrait Photography eBook can be found here: Portrait Tips and Techniques