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Ultimate Portrait Photography Tips [Cheat Sheet]

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Taking the perfect photo is anything but easy. A lot of people seem to think that it is the quality of the camera that determines the quality of the photo itself. Even though a good camera can definitely increase the end result, it’s not what makes your photo look good. Today’s cameras, whether they are digital or analog, are all too good to make a difference on that scale, if that make sense. It really all comes down to what kind of light you shoot your pictures in. If there isn’t sufficient light getting into the lens of your camera, the image will come out grainy. Light is 75% of photography, and that’s why you usually see reflectors and spotlights when professional photographers are shooting. In order to get to the bottom of this, I thought a portrait photography light guide might come in handy.

Unfortunately, there is no tutorial in the world that will make you an instant master at photography. In order to become a master photographer, you need to practice and find your own solutions. Experimenting and trying new things is what will get you there and allow you to develop your own style. When it comes to light, experimenting is vital. Try different light sources and also try the many different ISO settings available to you. Post editing can also help you enhance color, saturation, brightness and contrast. All of these factors are important for a good looking photo.

There are of course some basic guidelines you could utilize when starting out. One should remember that portrait photography is not an easy task, contrary to common belief. It’s actually as intricate and hard to master as any kind of photography. When taking on portrait photography, it’s ultimately vital to know how to setup your shot with lights and angles, and of course to know which settings on your camera to choose.

To help you get on the right path, I thought hitting up a pretty useful infographic and presenting it to you as a kind of cheat sheet would be a good idea. It takes on portrait photography from a light perspective and could possibly increase your skills in that area significantly.

This portrait photography light guide is presented by Digital Camera World. For the first ever, I am faced with an infographic that doesn’t have a distinct name. It just covers different lighting depending on where you are and where you want to take your portrait photo. This portrait photography light infographic is quite extensive, and by the time you finish reading and learning about it, you will find that your knowledge will have significantly increased.

It covers 4 different “areas” of portrait photography, and as I said earlier, those are all about light. These 4 areas are Shooting Indoors With Natural Light, Shooting Indoors With Low Light, Shooting Outdoors With Natural Light and Shooting Outdoors With Flash. Just a reminder, light is what is going to make your portrait photography quality increase. Your photos will become significantly better when you utilize the right light when shooting. There is no way around it, so you might as well learn the secrets right now. I am sure that after having experimented a bit, your skills will skyrocket to great levels. Now go out there and try incorporating your new skills!

Portrait Photography Lighting Tips

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Author: Richard Darell

 

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

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