Tips to Shooting Great Portraits

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March 18, 2020

Tips to Shooting Great Portraits

Shooting portraits is one of the best ways to put your skills to the test. It is harder and more challenging than you’d expect as there is a lot that goes into it. For instance, when it comes to establishing a focal point for the portrait, most amateur photographers would simply enable the autofocus option and start blasting. However, doing so can actually be detrimental to your image and you would be doing your subject a great disservice.

Instead, you need to make use ofa single focal point.Doing so gives you ultimate control and virtually guarantees a better final image. Of course, the next question would be: where should I focus? The answer to that is simple: the eyes. Always focus on the eyes as it always makes for a great portrait. They are the windows to the soul and they can easily convey emotions and express messages without difficulty.

The best example of this would be the iconic “Afghan Girl” portrait from National Geographic. The iconic portrait from 30 years ago continues to inspire many would-be photographers to pick up a camera and start shooting.

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