The art of portrait photography is a skill that is difficult to master. However, even beginners can learn to take amazing portrait photographs, no matter what equipment you are working with. Leah Honeycutt works as a portrait photographer on a freelance basis, and today she shares her beginner tips for portrait photography.
- Make sure the subject is comfortable. As a beginner, you are probably photographing your friends, so this may come more naturally to you. As you photograph new clients, make small talk with them – people can get uncomfortable in front of a camera.
- Avoid harsh light when doing your photoshoot. Both indoor and outdoor photography come with their challenges but natural, diffused lighting will give the best results.
- Don’t ignore the background. The main focus is, of course, on the subject, but the background is equally important. Choosing the wrong background can throw the whole portrait off.
- Choose your color palette carefully, and keep in mind your subject’s complexion and undertones to make sure the colors complement each other.