42nd Street Photo: Taking Portraits

Portraits are a type of photo that you may or not take often. There are some tips and tricks to consider when you take portraits. Here are a few:

  • For posed shots of families or multiple people, be sure to scan them for issues. By issues, I mean bad expressions, clothing mishaps or hair craziness. In order to achieve the expressions you want from everyone in the photo, there are specifics to think about. First, tell parents to keep smiling and looking at the camera. Also tell them to refrain from talking to the kids. Instead you can talk to the kids and then do not have to worry about the parents being ready or not.
  • A second thing to consider is that people blink! Be sure to look through your photos in between transitions to make sure you got one shot of the last setup without blinks. You don’t want to move on to the next set of photos if you have not gotten one good photo of everyone.
  • Do not spend too much time on one shot. Try to work quickly so that you do not drag out the photo session too long. This is especially important when there are babies or small children involved. You do not want the clients to feel rushed but also, you do not want to overdo it.
  • Double check your progress before closing out the shoot. Make sure you go through your photos before you tell the client you are finished. You need to make sure you got all of the right combinations of people done that they/ you wanted (whole family, just kids, all girls, all boys- whatever pictures you want or need to get done).

Portraits can be fun but depending on the number of people, they can be difficult. At 42nd Street Photo, you can get the perfect camera for your next portrait shoot. Order your new equipment today!


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