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Basic Fundamentals of Portrait Photography

With the accessibility of cameras nowadays, almost everyone can take pictures of other people. The term “selfie” has also been developed for the sole purpose of taking pictures of one’s self. However, for those who would truly desire to explore the more artistic side of portrait photography, it is not as simple as taking the camera, pointing at someone, and clicking the button.

First and foremost, one must consider not just the subject but the background as well. Location plays an important role in determining much of the portrait’s mood. Surrounding the subject with vivid flowers in a lush garden would be perfect for a light-hearted shoot but would definitely not suit a gothic theme. That would be better off in a cemetery or dark alley. The message that the photographer is trying to convey will be seen with how the photoshoot is set up. This covers the shoot’s subject, setting, and the lighting. All these aspects can dictate the mood of the photo and one would not like to give off the wrong idea.

The kind of portrait photography should also be considered prior to the setup of the photoshoot. Lifestyle shots are best done where the subject is most comfortable doing what he or she does best, such as a chef in his kitchen. Glamour shots require proper fashion makeup and the right accessories. Lifestyle shots are best when portraits are planned for families enjoying themselves in a garden, or a couple strolling through a Sunday market.

Lighting is crucial to getting the right shots that the photographer wants to achieve. This does not only set the mood, but also heavily influences how the camera’s shutter speed, ISO, and aperture will be adjusted. Portrait photography usually requires a higher ISO to create proper exposure of the subject, so as not to darken the shadows or lighten the highlighted areas too much. Aperture is also important if one would prefer that ethereal effect in the background while focusing on the sharp features of the subject. This allows viewers to focus deeply on the emotion and everything else that the subject is trying to portray.

Once all the details regarding the shoot itself is set up, the next thing is to consider how the camera will be adjusted in order to capture the photographer’s ideal shot. Specialized lenses have been invented to help add certain effects to a photo, such as fisheye, bokeh, macro, and so on. Aside from lenses, there are also different filters that may be attached to the front of the lens. Some examples are the polarized filter, used to lessen the sun’s glare when capturing water or anything else that can reflect light, and shaded filters to highlight the shot’s particular color.

When the camera’s “eye” has been decided on, the last thing to think about is the classic “portrait versus landscape” issue. Portrait photography does not have to be solely limited to portrait frameworks. Subjects lying down are normally taken using the landscape frame. In order to capture the scene behind the subject, this landscape mode is also used while the photographer is at a distance. Portrait shots are usually used to frame a person’s face at a close-up to better highlight the subject’s features.

Despite all the usual rules of portrait photography, it is best to consider them as “guidelines” since there are no definite criteria on what makes a portrait photo so wonderful. It all comes down to the photographer’s preference and inspiration behind the shot that he or she wants to capture. As long as the mood is properly set up, then the photographer is almost guaranteed to achieve what is desired.


How Lightroom Edits Your Photos

As far as image editing programs go, Lightroom is one of the most flexible and efficient to use. Although it can get overwhelming and confusing at first, do remember that Lightroom saves an original of your untouched photo and suggests how to edit them to have a better quality of picture. Lightroom saves all the changes you have made from your previous photos and uses that as a basis for editing your next batch of photos.

Lightroom’s tutorials serves as a reminder of how to turn your new photos into better ones. The program does nothing to the original file of the photo. You now have your original files that you can keep in your computer. The first time you open your Lightroom program can be a bit confusing but do not worry as this is just a process in setting up the files and cataloging your choices in editing the photos. The program can import photos to ready them for the editing part. Once imported, it will show thumbnails of photos that have been moved to your program. Copy your photos to the computer so that you have a set of photographs that you can edit later on. The time that you uploaded all of your photos in the program, click the “Develop” button to start all the editing. You can edit the photos one by one by clicking the photo individually but for group edits, highlight all the pictures in the folder you just created.

The right side of the screen will then show all the options to change such as the brightness, corrections, lens, and tone curve. Focus on the parts that you want to change instead of minding all the other buttons that can get confusing. Crop and brightness are the main functions that you must learn first before anything else. There are buttons that can help you edit the picture or to crop it to the size that you want. From then you can start to play around with the other functions such as changing the whole color palette of the photo or introducing more exposure to create a brighter picture. Always press the enter or return key to see how the imaged has improved or to compare it to the original copy. You can always go back to the original photo or reverse anything you have made. Nothing is permanent on Lightroom tutorials so take your time playing around the edits and figuring out what you like.

After you have edited your photos to the way that you want them, you can start to save it on the computer. The process saves the photo as you have created and still keeps an original copy of it that has been uploaded.