Portrait photography has reached to a great height in the photography sector. It is one of the most trending photography genres among the different types of photography. Many photographers are taking this genre as their profession because of its popularity. There are lots of new photographers who are facing trouble while capturing this type of portrait images because of the camera functions. The camera settings in the recent camera are very critical which makes a photographer’s mind go stumbled.
Therefore in this article I’ve gathered the tips that will definitely help you to understand and the camera setting for Portrait photography. So let’s not waste more time here and start.
While you are shooting portrait photography, you need to be very careful with the camera setting. The camera setting for portrait photography should perfectly be done. The first setting you have to do is in the shutter sped. Wrongly set shutter speed may cause you a blurred or a shaky photo. You have to ensure that the shutter speed is higher than the general focal length. A fast shutter speed will give you some great portrait and will help you to avoid the shakiness. While setting the shutter speed, manual mode is used mostly. Suppose you Len’s focal length is 220mm, you should set your shutter speed to 1/250 sec shutter speed or even more faster.
But when you are using wide-angle lens, you should set shutter speed lower. Using wide angle lens gets your subject get the full frame, slow shutter speed will help you to balance the ratio and you will get a perfect portrait photograph.
One of the major portrait photography tips in my opinion is to set the ISO perfectly. Setting of ISO in a right way is very important in order to get perfect portrait photography. Portrait photography is all about putting expressions in frame. Suppose, you are clicking portrait photos of some activities, you have to click faster. If your ISO is not increased, you will not proper photos. You will miss clicking the activities and your photography will be slow. So what you need to do is, increasing the ISO. Increased ISO will help you to click each and every moving activities and changing expression of a portrait photograph. You can also get sharp and crisp shots of portraits when you increase your ISO of the camera. You have to increase your ISO more especially when you are shooting in low light indoor or outdoor. So always keep the ISO increased while shooting for portrait photography.
While you are doing portrait photography, every camera setting should be great. Aperture is another camera setting you have to look after. It is very important to create a depth of field in portrait photography. It is a depth of field which helps your photograph to speak about it. You should set wide aperture to create the depth of field into the photo. I would suggest you to set the aperture to f/2.8-f/5.6. Excessive depth of field of a portrait photo can also make your photo looks gaudy and cheap. You have to shoot in aperture priority mode to control the excessive depth of field of your portrait photograph.
Black and White Mode
There are different modes in camera setting. One of the best effect or mode of the camera is black and white mode. Portrait photography does not look good in color as well. But you need to do some experimental photography with the shooting modes as well. Black and white effect gives you a classic touch in your portrait photography. You will get an elegant feeling while shooting in black and white mode. Black and white photo can never go wrong. If you check many popular portrait photographs, you will see that many of the amazing photographs are black and white. Go to the camera modes and activate the black and white photography mode. Shoot the portrait photos in black and white mode and make the photos look amazing.
Active Anti-shaking Mode
Portrait photography should be straight and clear. If your portrait photograph does not come clear, your photos will not gather the attraction and conversion rate to your photos. You should not take the risk of getting shaky portrait photos. Sometimes, you may get your photos shaken if your hands get shaken while photography. It is normal that your hands may get shaken if you keep holding the camera in your hands till longer. So you have to turn on the anti shaking mode of your camera. Go to the setting and activate anti shake mode. The advantage of this mode is, no matter how much you move, your photos will not get shaken and you will get straight photos without even getting shaken.
Active Auto-Focus Mode
Focus in portrait photography is very important. Almost every good portrait photograph has subjects which are perfectly in focus. To get the perfect focus, you need to activate the auto focus mode of the camera. Turn on the auto focus mode while you are doing portrait photography. Auto focus mode will automatically capture your subject and the background will come blurred. You can also increase and decrease the focus of your photograph by setting auto focus mode. So in order to get the best focus in your portrait photographs, activate the auto focus mode.
Use Unfocused Mode
There are many modes inside a camera that helps a photographer to take exceptional shots. Especially for portrait photography a special effect called bokeh is very useful. It brings out the colors of the image beautifully. It gives a blur background to the portrait and sometimes it also helps to capture experimental photos of the subject using unfocused mode. Here you can focus the subject making the whole scene blurred. This is why unfocused mode is very useful.
Do not use Flash
It is not important to use flash all the time while you are doing photography. Especially when you are doing portrait photography, it is not a good decision to turn on the flash of your camera. A flash gives you an external light which actually is not appropriate with the portrait photography. A flash will make your photos look artificial. It will also distract your subject who is getting clicked by you. No matter you are indoor or outdoor; you need to keep the flash off your camera so that you get the natural portrait photographs.
Portrait photography is all about focusing the subject of the image. The main intention should be to capture their expressions to justify the theme of the shoot. If you face problems to know the camera settings then moving forward as a photographer will get tough. The tips given above may help you a lot in order to improve your idea about your camera and its uses. So utilize the ideas and keep practicing. Because, practice makes a person perfect.