I find that portrait photography is a little bit harder and trickier than landscape or macro. I will explain.
First, you need to find a model who will let you capture them in a photo. Lucky for me, my fiancée is not opposed to be on camera 🙌🏻
Second, angles matter a lot (or so I feel) when you’re shooting portrait. You want to capture your subject in the best way possible.
Which brings me to my third point, lighting. Granted, for every photo that you want to take, you try to find the perfect lighting conditions. I think it matters a lot, especially in portrait photography.
You might think, “what are you talking about, selfies are SUPER easy to take, I take them all the time 💁🏻♂️”, but even for a simple selfie you take time and look for the best light spot to make yourself look your best, be it in a gym, bathroom or changing room.
As for the background, it doesn’t really matter for me. When I take a portrait photo, usually I blur the background and give it an “artificial bokeh” effect, and with today’s editing programs, you can edit your whole background to match the style of your photography.
The photo that I’m about to show you was not planned at all. Me and my fiancée were waiting for our food in a restaurant, and I thought to take a photo of her ↓
Just a simple photo, without any posing. But wait till you see what I’ve done to it…
By the way, I’m sorry for the Finnish language on my phone 😅 I didn’t realize until now that I would be putting these gifs here…
But anyhow, here I show you how I edited this photo by applying different settings I made earlier. All settings, from bottom to top, in english are, tune image, vignette, selective, brush, white balance, tune image (again), curves, double exposure and lens blur.
Here’s a more detailed version (those gifs look rather pixely…) of the photo ↓
Looks good? I think so too 😎👌🏻I cropped it a bit, to give it more of a “looking away” kind a look, rather than her just looking at her phone.
From here I started to mix and play with the colours, to make it match my Instagram grid. You should go check it out there too! It’s a little different on Instagram, go find out what’s the difference 😉
So here’s the finalized version ↓
And there you go! Blurring the background, adding some bokeh effect and highlighting the subject. As you can see, the background doesn’t play a huge role here. I highly recommend using Snapseed to edit your photos, that’s what I was using here.
One thing I forgot about was, that usually in portrait photography you try to please both parties, you and the model with the end result, where in any other type of photography, you usually just try to take a photo that only you are satisfied with. So there’s that to think about too.
Oh, and maybe some of you noticed, but I accidentally posted this post unfinished 😅 (I’m pretty sure I clicked save as draft, don’t know what happened) I quickly took it away, but I’m sorry if that confused you. Hopefully you still came to read this ACTUAL post 😊
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