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Today we are talking about basic portrait photography settings for canon or any other DSLR. The first stage that you want to know as a basic. we are trying to clear this fundamental.
Basically, we are sharing 5 basic portrait photography tips, if you keep those in your mind you can drastically improve your photography skill to the next level.
Best Camera mode :
As per our opinion, In general for outdoor Portrait photography, we use aperture priority mode if there is not any external light source because of outdoor light will change all the time, It depends on the cloud, sun and various type of shadows, that’s why without histogram if you use manual mode in this situation it will be caused underexposed or overexposed photos. So, if you use Aperture priority mode you just change your aperture value and iso. we don’t recommend to keep the iso in an auto.
If you follow this process, then you have got enough time to concentrate on your photography and focusing. Just maintain the aperture and you are good to click your first photograph.
For indoor photography, you can use manual camera mode cause of controlled and un variable lighting.
Because in this situation all are in your mind and you are only the man to set up all types of equipment like lights, background, camera, and environment. That’s why you have time and you can manually adjust all settings as per light and shadow that you want.
Which apperture value to choose? :
For most cases, we like to click at minimum aperture value like 50mm 1.8, so we always try to click at 1.8 for better bokeh, but you have to consider with the softness. That’s why we always recommend just increase the value to 1 stop. like 1.8 to 2.5- 2.8. so that you have the sharpness and also the bokeh.
Metering mode :
We always click a photo as per camera scale and we try to maintain the scale at “0” position for maintaining the light, shadow, and mid-tones. But after that sometimes we have found it’s overexposed or underexposed, that time we can use Center-Weighted average metering (As per canon cameras). It maintains the center of the face and detects light and shadow. If my subject is center of my frame, or if my subject is on a small section of the frame then we use spot metering or my frame is in a balanced environment then we can use evaluated meeting.
But in majority of the time we use Center-Weighted metering for better light and exposer.
It depends on focal length and the nature of the subject.
As per long focal lengths like 100mm or 200mm, it can be a problem with one shot, we recommend to servo mode, Because if the subject just changes the position after setting the focus then it has a chance to out of focus. But if you use servo then it will help to continue focus on the subject and you can get a nice click.
For the majority of situations, we use only back button focusing. This method is so helpful for any photographer. you can just hold the button and it keeps focus on your subject. For a controlled situation, we recommend using one-time focusing.
White Balance :
If your DSLR has not any kelvin mode you can click photos in auto white balance with the RAW format. So that you can change the white balance in lightroom or photoshop. We will upload a tutorial very soon.
Best lens for portrait Photography :
It depends on focul length and arreture value to get anough bokeah and sharp image.
we recomand 50mm 1.8 for value for money and best lens for portrait photography is 85 mm. You can get professional result from this lens. if you are a wedding shouter the you can also use 70-200mm f 2.8 usm and 85mm.