You maybe taking portraits of your friends or you may have been hired to photograph a group of family, the headshot of a celebrity or a corporate CEO or a complete modelling portfolio of an aspiring model.
You could be shooting in a professional studio or outside in a park or a street, the useful tips that follow, will help you become a better portrait or Fashion photographer.
Shoot in Aperture Priority mode to control the Depth of field. In this mode, your SLR will automatically set the shutter speed on its own for a correct exposure based on the aperture selected by you.
At Aperture priority mode, a common photography problem while shooting people with light skin tones is under-exposed tones and a bit of an overexposure in case of dark-skinned subjects. You’ll notice this more when shooting closeups or when there’s lots of white in the scene –people wearing white outfits or standing against a bright source are typical examples.
In such situations, the subject appears to be darker than what he or she actually is, especially in case of very fair people or if the subject is wearing a white outfit. You can try using Exposure Compensation. Try dialling in up to +1 stop of positive Exposure Compensation to lighten up people’s faces. In earlier times, the camera's typically used to have an "against the light compensation button" to be used in such situations. One of my first cameras, Canon AE1 used to have this button.
For average skin tones, one does not need to do anything as these tones are closer to 18% grey card and the camera's metering is based on the assumption that all subjects are of the same average tone as a standard 18% grey. So the exposure in such situations is generally correct and one does not need to make any changes.
Also while shooting tight portraits with a long focal length lens, there is no need to compensate for the exposure while shooting against the light. The camera in such situations is measuring light from the face and is not influenced by the camera being pointed against the light. No stray light of other areas are included in the frame so "against the light" does not influence the exposure.
Switch to measuring Incident light - The incident light meter measures the light falling on the subject and is hence more accurate as compared to the reflected light reading which is influenced by the tonality of the main subject and well as surroundings.
Move on to Manual Mode - Once you have taken the clue of the right aperture and shutter speed combination, switch over to the manual mode with the right optimum settings which give the correct exposure on the subject. The objective is that as compared to aperture priority mode, the exposure will not change as you change your angles and composition. For example, in case of aperture priority, the camera may suggest a different exposure when shooting full length and close ups. The meter is being influenced by the tonality of the outfit or the background when the frame is wider. A window added in the frame may just influence the exposure, suggesting to reduce the exposure as more light is entering through the window. Setting the camera on Manual mode will help you concentrate more on the expressions and body language of the subject rather than handling of the exposure with changing composition or framing. This is great when you are about to shoot a lot of photographs in the same area, around the same time, while the intensity of the light source itself is not changing.
However, when you are on a constant move as in with street photography, shooting on aperture priority may just work better, most of the time.
Shoot with an opened aperture
Most of the Photographers concentrate on a blurred background and ignore the foreground. Including the foreground in the frame can help achieve a sense of depth in the photograph. Ensure that an opened aperture is used in this case as well to render the foreground out of focus. Since the foreground is closer to the camera, it will anyways be less sharp compared to the subject. Depth of field is less in front of the subject and more behind the subject. Make sure that you have set the camera on the right focusing mode, where it focuses on the points picked up by you instead of an overall wide focusing in which it may end up focusing at the nearest element.
you can achieve very good deep skin tones at the Golden hours when the sunlight is warm and Golden. many photographers make it a point to specially shoot portraits during these golden hours.
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