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  • Writer's pictureKevin Koo

What is a good place start portrait photography?

Portrait photography is a popular genre of photography that focuses on capturing the essence and personality of an individual or group of people. If you're just starting out in portrait photography, here are some suggestions for getting started:

  1. Find a willing subject: Ask friends, family, or even colleagues if they'd be interested in being your model. This will allow you to practice your skills in a comfortable setting without feeling self-conscious.

  2. Choose a location: Select a location that is comfortable for your subject and provides a good background for the portraits. This could be a park, a beach, or even a studio if you have access to one.

  3. Use natural light: When starting out, it's best to use natural light as it's readily available and can create beautiful results. Try to shoot during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise or before sunset) when the light is softer and warmer.

  4. Use a prime lens: Prime lenses are ideal for portrait photography as they offer a wide aperture and shallow depth of field. A 50mm or 85mm prime lens would be a great place to start.

  5. Experiment with poses: Encourage your subject to try different poses and expressions to find what works best for them.

  6. Edit your photos: Once you've captured your images, take the time to edit them using software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to enhance their quality.

  7. Learn from others: There are many resources available online such as YouTube videos, photography blogs, and online communities that offer tips, tutorials, and inspiration for portrait photography.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and practice, practice, practice. As you gain experience and confidence, you can start experimenting with different lighting, locations, and equipment to create stunning portraits.

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