Now with the advent of mobile phones with cameras and selfie cameras; everyone has now become a photographer. To assist these amateur photographers in achieving their desired results many software and photo shops are now easily available. Amongst, the many kind of photos; a portrait is the most wanted and technically difficult form of a photograph.
In a portrait photograph, the subject of the picture is further enhanced using lights, backdrops and other techniques. The subject is accentuated and the entire photo is edited making it a visual treat. This style of photography is mostly used to preserve special moments like weddings and birthdays. Portrait photography is a niche which requires practice along with certain rules which enable an aesthetically pretty result. The following paragraphs will provide certain factors which will help you in attaining the desired result.
Correct instrument tends to bring the best result. For a perfect portrait the first thing is to use the right kind of camera with the most suitable lens setting. A lens with a wide orifice and long focal length should be used as both of these qualities tend to give attention to the main subject of the picture. The camera should be on a low ISO that is low on the sensitivity with a shutter speed of almost hundredth of a second.
Angle is a very important factor in creating the perfect look. The positioning of camera and the direction from which the subject is targeted, completely changes the entire viewpoint of the picture. The camera positioning is mostly done around the eye level of the subject. Either at or above the eye level will give it the perfect look.
A portrait basically focuses on a certain subject; the aim of the photo is to highlight the beauty of the subject. The connection between the subject and the lens of the camera is another factor which makes a difference between a good and a flawed photo. It also creates a connection between the picture and the viewer. Generally a direct eye contact is used as in this way the subject becomes the highlight of the frame. Yet perfection can also be achieved by exploring other options and capturing candid looks. You can make your subject look outside the vicinity of the frame, or by gazing at another object or human. These methods should be implemented with care as in these cases the subject though is made to share space with other objects yet it should not decrease the importance of the main lead.
Lights have the tendency of changing the entire ambience of the picture. A portrait picture should be clicked at a spot which has ample of consistent lightning. If nature is the source of light than it should be a spot with an even tone, like under a tree canopy or a room lit with sun light. Artificial lights can also be used to create the different effects as per the need of the portrait, whatever the source used ensure that the picture is evenly lit as per the demand of the theme of the portrait; it shouldn’t be too bright that the subject loses its importance and not too dark that the entire picture loses its charisma.
Rigid poses look good for photographs taken for legal purposes, but the true essence of a portrait is reflected in the natural and relaxed pose f the subject. Therefore in order to capture the best portrait moment, make the subject extremely relaxed and make him do something out of the ordinary! A portrait aims to capture a moment of the subjects’ life therefore pure emotions should be reflected.
A single click can never capture the precise moment which can be made the perfect portrait photograph; the key is to take continuous clicks and then either selecting the perfect one or arranging multiple pictures in a portrait. The camera should therefore be kept on a continuous mode.
Framing the boundaries of the portrait not only gives it a finishing but also further directs the attention of the viewer towards the subject of the picture. A portrait can be further enhanced by providing close up zooms of particular body parts or expressions of the subject. Framing also gives the picture a complete look of being a portrait distinguishing it from normal pictures.
A backdrop or background plays an important part in uplifting a portrait photograph. Therefore in order to create an impeccable look use the most appropriate back ground for the picture. The background should further direct the viewers’ interest towards the central subject of the picture. The background should further elaborate the mood and theme of the entire portrait.
Like in every other aspect of life, colors also play an extremely vital role in the output of a photograph. You should take care of the overall color scheming of the picture. The color should complimentary and not contradictory to the entire mood and ambience of the photograph. Even if you plan to make the picture in a black and white tone, you should take care of the color tones as they still have an impact on the final outlook of the photo.
Editing a portrait is another technical area which can make or break a good photograph. The edits should enhance the features of the subject, along with maintaining their natural strike. That is the editing should not distort the elements of the picture making them look like an artificial piece of art. The key is to edit the necessary areas with care!
A portrait depicts an entire story of the subject in that single moment of capture; it is a technical yet an extremely interesting work of art. The above paragraphs will definitely help you in creating a perfect portrait, so happy clicking and say cheese!