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Portrait photography can be incredibly compelling, and you’ll find that the best photographers relish the opportunity to shoot portrait photography.

1. Composition

A great portrait needs great composition. The subject is at the picture’s centerpiece, so don’t hesitate to zoom in on your model for a close-up. Zooming in doesn’t mean sacrificing the background. It can mean creating an excellent composition to achieve the desired effect. Try various camera-to-subject angles, as well, and move around or move the subject. Think creatively for a more interesting picture. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a good composition. However, if you’re shooting for a client, ask first if they’re willing to allow you to shoot a few more creative shots. Otherwise, practice when you’re not doing a customer’s photo session!

2. Camera Settings

A classic portrait often has a blurred background allowing the viewer’s eyes to focus on the subject. To achieve this effect, set your camera to Aperture Priority and select the largest aperture on your camera lens, such as f/2.8 – f/5.6. You’ll get a shallow depth of field and a blurred background for effect!

Side note: When shooting in Aperture Priority mode to control your depth of field, your SLR should set the shutter speed (at least 1/150) for you for the correct exposure and to avoid camera or subject movement. Your Autofocus should be configured to single shot and make certain your focal point hovers over your subject’s eye when you frame the shot.

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