5 Mistakes to Avoid in Shooting Portraits

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We've gone on length about what you would *want* to do when shooting portraits, but we haven't given advice on what *not* to do... yet. Here's a couple of no-no's that you would want to avoid in your next portrait session!

Credits: cruzron

Light Stalking recently published a guide on the 5 mistakes to avoid in shooting portraits and we agree with them. These are just gentle reminders on what doesn’y work usually. As always, there will be exceptions, but these are just general guidelines to follow at the back of your mind. Here’s the list!

1. Busy Backgrounds and Distracting Elements: Don’t just mindlessly click when taking portraits. That’s an open invitation to having ugly backgrounds that clash with your main subject. Always take the time to frame the shot and make sure there’s nothing astray in the viewfinder.

2. Misplaced Focus: The general rule for portraits is to always focus on the eyes. Sometimes relying on bokeh to get away with an out-of-focus eye works, but it’s as rare as a white elephant. Always focus on the eyes and everything will be okay.

3. Posing Techniques: Uncomfortable poses lead to uncomfortable looking photos. Make sure to keep your model at ease, and guide them throughout the whole portrait sitting.

4. Using The Wrong Lens: Going in close using a Fisheye while funny, is far from flattering. The LC-A works best for environmental portraits with its wide lens, while the Diana F+ works wonders with headshots.

5. Using The Same Old Stuff: Change it up. While a certain technique or shot might always work for you, if you’re always using it day in and day out, it’ll quickly get boring and stale.

Click to read the original article over at Light Stalking

Information for this article was sourced from Light Stalking

written by cruzron on 2013-10-29 in #gear #tipster #tipster #portraits #shooting

3 Comments

  1. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    Another tip:
    NEVER SHOT A PORTRAIT OF YOUR GIRLFRIEND WITH WIDE ANGLE LENS, OR SHE'LL FIGHT WITH YOU ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS

  2. freakoftheweek
    freakoftheweek ·

    HELL YEAH!!! i know what you mean @holgardo

  3. avola
    avola ·

    wonderful article!

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