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Portrait Photography tips for Beginners

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Get out of the model s face

I did something incredibly stupid while shooting a black tie event for a company last year. I totally forgot my 70 200mm f/2.8, so I had to shoot with a short 50mm lens for the candids while the guests had dinner. To get a decently tight shot with a 50mm lens in this situation, I needed to be about 5 feet from the subject. It was a failure. Everyone froze up and looked terribly uncomfortable when I got that close with my camera. I couldn t get any decent candids that way and it ruined the shoot. Personally, I shoot most of my portraits at 100mm or more unless it s a full body shot, in which case I shoot at about 70mm.


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Crank that aperture for full body portraits
If you haven t yet learned your lesson pay attention to the background
Think like you re shooting film
Wait for a cloudy day
Use backdrops creatively
Get a proper system in place for your memory cards
Never shoot kids or babies from your normal standing height
Make a list and check it twice
Stop re living your mistakes
Quit sharpening blindly
Fill the frame
Stop the waving and smiling
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