5 Expert Photographers Share Their Best Portrait Photography Tips

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1. “It is better to spend two hours preparing and fifteen minutes shooting.”

What’s the story behind this photo?

This is a photo of a charming Russian girl named Elizabeth. I got the idea to make a classic portrait in the style of the 19th century. We picked up some simple clothes and used an abstract background. Next, I used the Rembrandt Triangle lighting scheme and added an orange backlight to give the photos a warm and colorful look.

Pro Tip:

The most important thing when it comes to shooting portraits is thoughtful preparation. It is better to spend two hours preparing and fifteen minutes shooting. I also suggest learning how to see and understand light. You can only do this with practice and by working in the studio.

I advise you to look at photos by other photographers, watch films, observe paintings in museums, and analyze them. You should always be thinking, “How did they make such a beautiful picture? How many light sources were used? Why did they use those colors for the clothes?” That way, you will learn to develop your taste and maybe a style for your photos. And most importantly, always try new things and experiment!

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