12 Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography

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Taking Perfect Portraits

People love to see flattering photos of themselves, but not every photographer has the skill set to capture a striking portrait. These 12 tips cover everything from lighting to lenses, so everyone who steps in front of your camera will end up looking their best.

Use natural light

When photographing portraits inside, try shooting near a large window. The diffused natural light will minimize harsh shadows and will create a more flattering image (as long as the sun isn’t shining directly in the window). Ask your subject to turn toward the light, so their face isn’t in shadow. Also remember to turn off any indoor lights, which can give your image a yellow cast.

Don’t shoot in direct sunlight

Direct, midday sun is notoriously unflattering. Not only will your subject be prone to squinting, but the harsh light will cast deep shadows into their eyes and across the lower part of their face (as seen in the photo on the right). The best time for outdoor portraits is on a cloudy day or when the sun is low in the sky. If you need to shoot on a sunny day, be sure to move into the shade.

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