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Portraits..

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Portraits.. Handy Tut..

You want an Eye-catching,
attractive portrait with good separation between the model
and the background.

HOW TO DO IT

1 POSITION THE SUBJECT

Choose a location that will
provide an attractive background
to your portrait. Spend a little
time on hair and make-up before
you shoot to save time in
Photoshop later. Don’t place your
model in direct sunlight.

2 SET-UP YOUR
CAMERA

You’ll want to focus the viewer’s
attention on your model’s eyes,
so set your camera to Aperture
priority (A or Av on the mode dial) and select a wide aperture (f/5.6 at the long end of a kit lens) Set your camera’s focus mode to its single-shot setting, so the camera will establish focus lock on whatever’s under the AF target point. Zoom in to 55mm or opt for between 70 and 105mm if you have a longer lens..

3 FRAME UP &
FOCUS

Frame up on your subject by
keeping them large in the frame,
but ensure you leave a few inches
of ‘headroom’ above them. Place
your model’s eyes about a third
of the way down from the top of
the frame. Set the AF target point
over your model’s eyes (or the
closest eye if the model is not
directly facing you) and half press
the shutter button to lock focus.

4 CHECK THE BACKGROUND

Before taking the shot, check the
background and if it’s busy and
cluttered, reframe so it’s not
fighting your model for attention!
If you want more background blur, increase the distance between the model and what’s behind them..

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