4 steps to adjust your camera for portrait photography

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As a photographer, adjusting a camera for portrait photography is one of the first things you have to learn. Soon you will start taking portrait photos. You already thought about it for the photoshoot session. Only that you are yet to fully master the technical part of it.

In this post, I will be explaining how to manually set your camera for portrait photography. This way you know exactly the best settings to use. The below listed will be detailed and that will help you easily understand how you can adjust a camera for portrait photography.

  • Aperture
  • Focus
  • ISO
  • Shutter speed

1. Aperture settings

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Of course, portrait photography is related to the person depicted. You want all the attention to the model. This works when only your subject is in focus and the rest of the photo is out of focus. You get the effect with a large aperture. This creates a shallow depth of field. This means that the sharpest part of the photo is smaller than the blurry part of it. A large aperture is associated with a small aperture number. So, for a portrait photo, select an aperture of f/5.6 or smaller.

2. The Focus

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The eyestalk the most and you want to highlight that. This can be done by focusing on the eyes. Search your camera for the focus point function, view the subject through the viewfinder or screen. To select the focus point that lies in the eyes, use the touchscreen or the navigation buttons. Then you have to press the “shutter button” midway to focus. You may also focus manually through the lens ring.

3. ISO value

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Because of the large aperture, it may not be necessary to use high ISO value. Therefore, take enough light to illuminate the photo. If not, you can change the ISO. For example up to 200 or 400 ISO. Note: The higher the ISO value, the higher the possibility of noise. Some cameras are built with better noise reduction function than others. So experiment with it especially when taking pictures.

4. Shutter speed

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Your camera needs light to convert images that the camera sees into photos. It is important for this light to reach the sensor. With shutter speed, you determine how long the camera lens aperture is open to capture this light. Because of this, shutter speed is also called lighting time. More light falls on the sensor when the shutter speed is longer. With faster shutter speed, the exposure time is reduced.

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In portrait photography, try to brighten the photo better by adjusting the camera manually. This is because you usually will not use flash. Nobody gets better at handling flash, not even the experts. Use flash and studio lighting only if you use it regularly to work. In addition to larger apertures and higher ISO values, you can also capture more light at faster shutter speeds. For example, experiment with a shutter speed of 1/100. Longer than this increases the chance of motion blur.

Now you can create stunning artistic images without too expensive equipment or be a camera wizard to take high-quality camera shots! How to use amazing photography tricks that even other people won’t understand.

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