How to Take Environmental Portraits with a Digital Camera
Saturday, 30 October 2010 11:24
Have you done any environmental portrait photography? High quality people portrait photos are impressive, and capturing the object’s character forever.This article will share a few tips for improving your skills.
Have you done any environmental portrait photography? High quality people portrait photos are impressive, and capturing the object’s character forever. Although achieving true high quality portrait photos is an art , this article will share a few tips for improving your skills.
Choosing a Location
Having the perfect location for your portrait is critical to the success of your session and the comfort level of your subject. SO you need to be quite deliberate and purposeful in making your choice. The best way to find the perfect location is to take a lot of searching. Once you've narrowed down your options, doesn’t dominate the shot. sometimes the location can dominate the image so much that it distracts your viewer away from your main focal point . A high quality portrait photo that a person is in its center of attention should have a passive background that does not take away the attention from the object. Specifically a portrait photo is all about the person’s face. Take your photos in a neutral background. Try to avoid cluttered backgrounds (and foregrounds), colors that are too bright etc.
Set your digital camera’s autofocus mode to “One-Shot” or whatever setting is suitable for still subjects. Then, you can either set your camera to allow you to choose the focusing spot, or you can leave it at auto and then use your camera’s “focus lock” feature to ensure that you are getting the camera to focus exactly where you want it to. Most digital cameras with a focus lock feature work by pressing the shutter release button down half-way. The camera will focus, and you keep the button pressed half-way down. As long as the button is not released, the camera will use the same focus.
Certain settings should be adjusted first, either because they will not change during the course of a session, or because their adjustment will require other settings to be adjusted as well. The first of these settings is the white balance.
While balance is nothing more than telling your digital camera what it should regard as white. All other settings are adjusted from here. The easiest way to set the white balance is to use a special card which you place in front of the camera and let the camera measure the white balance. Another useful way to set the white balance is by the type of light you have. In a studio setting, you can use this method if you are using all the same type of lighting.
It's always best to walk the Location at different times. See how the lighting changes throughout the day. Is it cloudy first thing in the morning and sunny by midday?
Whenever possible use natural lighting. Natural lighting is much better in capturing the full color range and warmth of the skin. Take your photos outdoors during the day. Position the object in a way that the sun light hits it from the side. You can use a fill-in flash to compensate for some shadowing that might occur on the face .
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